12-year-old boy stabbed while protecting mom during robbery in east Detroit

The Detroit Police Department said when a 12-year-old boy jumped in front of his mom during a robbery Tuesday morning, he wound up stabbed by one of three men.

On Tuesday, FOX 2 spoke with the victim, 12-year-old Deontae Turner as well as his mother, Barbara Turner.

Barbara said they were just getting home and climbing out of the family car when they approached them and demanded money. She said she wouldn't give it to them and they got angry and one of them pulled a knife. That's when her son jumped in.

Turner said the three men were wearing masks and were armed and told the three they were being robbed. When the three victims told the men they didn't have any money, one of the suspects pulled a knife. 

Police say Deontae got between the suspects and the women and that's when the man stabbed him in the right bicep with a knife.

"We pulled up in the driveway and they jumped out from behind the abandoned house. They demanded money and she said she's not giving them anything and he said 'do you think I'm playing?' Then he pulled out a knife and I said you're not gonna stab my mama. So then I jumped in he started flinging it," Deontae said. 

The three men responsible ran from the scene as Turner drove her son to the hospital. Three hours later, police were called and began investigating. 

Deontae said he did not recognize the three men and police do not have any information about the suspects.

Watch the entire interview with Barbara and Deontae in the video above.