Attorney: Teen mass stabbing suspect mentally ill

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The attorney for a teenager accused in a mass stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school says the 16-year-old boy's mental condition is deteriorating and he needs psychiatric care.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) says attorney Patrick Thomassey filed a petition in Westmoreland County on Friday seeking to have Alex Hribal transferred from a youth detention center to a secure mental health facility.

The petition says Hribal was diagnosed in May with schizophrenia and a depressive disorder.

District Attorney John Peck says he will make a decision on whether to oppose the request once he has reviewed the petition.

Hribal is charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School outside Pittsburgh. He's charged as an adult in the April 9 attack, but his attorney is seeking to have the case transferred to juvenile court.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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