Police: man slashes boy, 13, at Nashville party

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Nashville say a man with a long arrest record has slashed a 13-year-old boy who was defending his grandmother.

The youth was taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University and police said he is expected to recover.

The Tennessean ( reported that Harold Ransom, who is 60, was arrested after the incident early Tuesday at a public housing project.

Nashville Police Capt. Kenneth Walburn said Ransom, the teen and other people were at a large party when the youth saw Ransom shove the boy's grandmother. Walburn said when the youth came to his grandmother's aid, Ransom slashed his chest with a pocket knife.

Police said Ransom has been arrested 61 times previously in Nashville on a number of charges that include aggravated assault.


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