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OKC Police: Boy, 4, Dies In Accidental Stabbing

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Oklahoma City police say a 4-year-old boy has died after he was accidentally stabbed in Piedmont.

According to Oklahoma City police, at about 3:40 p.m., officers responded to the incident at a home in the 13000 block of Deer Creek Drive.

The victim's uncle, 36-year-old Chris Coates, was lying in a hammock whittling a piece of wood. Police say the victim, 4-year-old Bralyn Shively of Oklahoma City, was pushing on the hammock when it suddenly broke and fell to the ground.

According to police, Shively then fell on top of Coates, who was still holding the knife. The boy was then impaled by the knife.

The child was transported to an area hospital where he later died.

According to police, this case will be presented to the Canadian County District Attorney's office. However, at this time, all evidence suggests the boy's death was accidental.

The Shively family released this statement to News 9 Monday afternoon:

"Little Bralyn, at age 4, was full of life. His sweet spirit radiated for all to see. Bralyn showed love on his family and friends, and everyone loved him. He called his brothers and sisters his best friends. If you asked him what he was doing, he would respond ‘playing with my best friends.' Bralyn was loving, imaginative, intuitive, spontaneous and feisty. Bralyn is such a blessing to us, and we love him very much! We miss him terribly, and his passing has left an emptiness in our lives. Bralyn was a huge part of our family, a void we will never fill. The only thing that helps is knowing our family will be together again in heaven."

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