The mother of the Rutgers University student charged with stabbing two people in his dorm Friday night says her son was the victim in an attack that involved up to four other people, NJ.com reports.
“He was stabbed and he fought for his life,” Jean Leandry, mother of Daniel J. Leandry, said Monday morning.
Daniel Leandry, 18, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He remains in the Middlesex County jail on $735,000 bail.
The attack occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Mettler Hall on College Avenue, according to university police, who claim Leandry “precipitated” the attack.
Jean Leandry said up to four other students attacked her son and that he was badly injured before retreating to his dorm room, where police found him. She said her son called her once right after the attack and once again after he’d been arrested.
“He has a concussion, a broken hand, a dislocated jaw, bumps all over his head and face and bruises all over his body,” she said. “They took him to the hospital, then they took him to jail.”
Officials with Rutgers University declined to comment on Jean Leandry’s claims that her son had been attacked.
“They didn’t even live in that dorm,” Jean Leandry said. “My son was in his dorm. He belonged there. They did not.”
The victims, who are not being identified by campus police, were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where they were in stable condition on Saturday. A hospital spokesman said on Monday he could not check on the victims’ conditions without their names.
“They’re blaming everything on my son,” Jean Leandry said. “But I believe the truth will come out and God will look after my son.”