Utica boy hospitalized after swipe of father’s sword

An 8-year-old boy was hospitalized in Utica early Wednesday after law enforcers said his father accidentally slashed him in the head with a samurai sword.

Thar Kyi was actually aiming for his ex’s new boyfriend, authorities stated.

The 8-year-old and his two siblings were getting ready for school with their mother and her boyfriend at their Elizabeth Street residence at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The boyfriend was helping to tie the 8-year-old’s shoes.

One of the other children opened the front door to head outside — only to find their father, 42-year-old Thar Kyi, standing in the doorway wielding a samurai sword, police said. Kyi charged into the room and swung the sword at the boyfriend, but he missed and instead slashed the 8-year-old in the head, police stated. Kyi continued fighting with the boyfriend, cutting the man several times with the sword.

One of the other children in the residence grabbed the injured 8-year-old and together they ran from the house, police said. Both the boy and the boyfriend were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening sword injuries.

Meanwhile, police said Kyi fled the residence, abandoning the sword in the bushes outside. He was gone by the time officers arrived. A warrant was issued for Kyi’s arrest, and he was picked up later Wednesday near Syracuse.

Kyi is charged with one count each of first and second-degree assault, both felonies, as well as first-degree burglary, second-degree contempt and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Kyi’s ex-companion had an order of protection filed against him. Kyi is scheduled to appear in City Court.