Toddler injured in 2012 Rochester stabbing dies


The toddler severely injured after being stabbed repeatedly in his Rochester home more than a year ago died Sunday, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

A spokeswoman for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., where 3-year-old Xavier Njemanze had been undergoing therapy, learned of his death after the hospital contacted Xavier's mother about a photo shoot.

The hospital intended to feature the boy in advertising.

Xavier was reportedly taken to a different hospital for complications of sickle cell anemia when he died. The cause of death is unclear. An autopsy has been scheduled.

On March 1, 2012, Xavier was just six days away from his second birthday when Antonio Deshawn Roebuck, now age 24, broke into the family's northwest Rochester apartment and stabbed the child repeatedly, damaging his liver, kidney, lung and intestines.

Here's a WCCO story from April 2012:

Xavier endured several surgeries at Rochester's Saint Mary's Hospital, spent two weeks in intensive care and another month in the pediatric unit. Xavier and his family moved to Nebraska about a year ago to be closer to relatives.

The newspaper reports the boy began treatment at Madonna's Rehab Day program in June. Doctors said Xavier suffered brain damage from the blood loss.

The Lincoln Journal Star report Xavier learned to walk, talk, eat and regain much of the use of his left arm, hand and leg. He was going to start preschool this fall.

Roebuck is currently serving a 27-year prison sentence.

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