Dad stabbed when he intervenes in fight involving son

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

MANTUA, N.J. -- Authorities say a southern New Jersey dad was stabbed in the stomach when he tried to intervene in a fight between his son and three other teenage boys.

Gloucester County prosecutors say 40-year-old John Trotter, of Mantua, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. But his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

It wasn't clear what sparked the fight, which occurred early Friday afternoon at a home on the 100 block of Bridgeton Pike.

Authorities say the three boys involved in the fight with Trotter's son, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, fled the scene on foot after the stabbing, but were all captured a short time later.

The three juveniles are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Authorities believe the 16-year-old boy stabbed Trotter.