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Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of Classmate Charged as an Adult

By NBC CONNECTICUT

A teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school Friday, hours before the prom, was arraigned Tuesday and charged as an adult with murder.

Christopher Plaskon, 16, is accused of fatally stabbing Maren Sanchez, also 16, inside Jonathan Law High School on Friday morning, in an attack some students said may have been motivated by anger that she would not go to the prom with him.

Plaskon was spotted just after the stabbing with blood on his hands and clothing, police said. "I did it. Just arrest me," he told authorities, according to police paperwork released Tuesday.

Police documents released Tuesday offered new details of the deadly stabbing and its aftermath.

Police said they recovered a knife in the hallway, not far from where Sanchez was stabbed.

One witness reported seeing Plaskon on top of Sanchez and being unable to pull him away from her, according to police. Another witness told police he saw Plaskon throw a bloody knife onto a hallway floor shortly after taking him away from the scene.

As a school resource officer was heading to the scene of the attack, he was called to the principal’s office and saw Plaskon, who had blood on his hands and clothing, police said. He asked the teen what happened.

"I did it. Just arrest me," Plaskon said, according to police.

The officer handcuffed Plaskon and went to the scene of the stabbing, where he found Sanchez in grave condition. Plaskon was taken into police custody, and Sanchez was rushed by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Sanchez died of stab wounds to the torso and neck, the medical examiner concluded after an autopsy. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Plaskon is being held in a psychiatric facility and has been placed on suicide watch.

His attorney, Richard Meehan, said Tuesday that Plaskon will continue to receive psychiatric care and medication. Afterward, he will be transferred to an age-appropriate correctional center.

Bond has been set at $3 million. Plaskon is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Friday.

Plaskon's family expressed sympathies with the Sanchez family in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

"In prayer we ask for comfort for the Sanchez family and all of us so deeply affected by this tragedy," the Plaskon family said. "We pray for the wisdom to guide us as we desperately try to pull together the shattered pieces of our families. And finally, we pray that time may soften our wounds and reveal forgiveness in the hearts of all."