Police: Wheelchair-bound man strikes child with hammer

Published On: Jun 18 2013 07:34:52 AM HST

Witnesses say a man struck a child with a hammer at an Albuquerque Smith’s Monday.

Albuquerque police and firefighters were dispatched to the Smith’s near Golf Course Road and McMahon Boulevard at about 1 p.m. in response to a report of a 3-year-old child bleeding from the head.

The child was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital, according to police, and despite a fractured skull is conscious and breathing. He is expected to make a full recovery. 

Witnesses directed officers to a male in a wheelchair, Clayton Senn, who they said was trying to strike other children in the store.

Police said the boy's stepfather heard the mother scream, saw the attack and went after Senn. The stepfather was restrained by witnesses until officers arrived. 

Senn attacked two other children, neither of which are hurt, according to police. 

Detectives said they're still searching for answers after interviewing Senn.

"He wouldn't even make eye contact with me, refused to say anything," Detective Brian Crafton said.

This isn't the first time Senn has been in the news. Police said Senn was rescued last year after nearly dying of exposure in the Bosque. 


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