LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – On Wednesday afternoon, Jacob Dooley and his 1-year-old son Jeremiah enjoyed a peaceful trip to Manheim Township Community Park.
Dooley told ABC 27 News the park was more active early Tuesday evening.
“I saw one police officer,” he said. “He was driving around. He drove around a couple times, then he stopped and went into the woods.”
Investigators said around 5:30 p.m., 16-year-old Cameron Andrews of Manheim Township stabbed a 15-year-old township girl multiple times on a bike path in the park and left her to die.
“That’s unacceptable in my eyes,” Dooley told ABC 27 News. “Being that young and doing something like that, that’s ridiculous.”
Court records show the victim was stabbed in her back and side. She was taken to a hospital where she was still being treated on Wednesday.
According to investigators, Andrews and the victim know each other.
Those who live near the park, like Shawna Newmin, told ABC 27 that it’s normally a quiet place.
“I was shocked to know that a stabbing happened within inches of my house,” she said.
According to his Facebook page, Andrews goes to Manheim Township High School. School officials wouldn’t confirm that because of privacy laws, but did say they had extra counselors at school Wednesday because of the age of those involved in the case.
Investigators were also in Andrews’ neighborhood Wednesday as they looked for more clues.
ABC 27 News stopped by an address listed for Andrews and a man who answered the door said he had “no comment.”
Andrews is being charged as an adult in the case. He faces attempted murder and aggravated assault charges, and is locked up in the Lancaster County Prison without bail.