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Teen stabbed during party at Newport mansion

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a teenager was stabbed during a party at one of the oldest historic Newport mansions.

Police said the boy, 17, from Little Compton, was stabbed multiple times in the back at an underage drinking party at Kingscote mansion on Bellevue Avenue. They said the victim left the party and was found by police suffering from the wounds in the area of King Street and Jones Avenue.

The teen was taken to Newport Hospital and later transferred to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where police said he’s currently listed in stable condition.

Police determined the teen was stabbed after a fight broke out during a party at Kingscote, which was being thrown by Josiah Travers, 18, the godson of the mansion’s live-in caretaker. He was later charged with procuring alcohol for minors.

Police said several dozen people ran off upon their arrival at the mansion party.

“There were beer cans strewn along the perimeter of the property as well as dried blood spots on the pathway,” a Newport officer described in an arrest report.

Partygoers told police the fight moved from inside to outside, and the victim was attacked by multiple people.

“There were several individuals punching and kicking [the victim] in the head as he lay on the ground,” one teen told police.

Police say Travers, who listed the mansion as his address, initially left the scene and was uncooperative with police. The caretaker later told police that Travers occasionally stays there with him.

“It’s really shocking and it’s sad,” said Kristen Kelley, who was visiting Newport with friends from Oklahoma, and planned to visit the well-known mansions. “I fell like they’re just taking it for granted – such a pretty place.”

The mansion was built in the 1840s and is owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County. A spokesperson for the Preservation Society declined to comment on the party, but gave Eyewitness News a tour of the mansion Monday to show that none of the historic rooms appear damaged. The party appears to have mostly taken place in the private residence where the caretaker lives inside the mansion.

One pane of glass on a historic window was broken, and the police report says blood was found both inside and outside the mansion.

“Everyone should be respectful of other people’s property,” said John Egan, a Newport native who wasn’t pleased to hear about the party. “Especially things that are the patrimony of everyone,” he said.

Travers, 18, is facing a charge of procuring alcohol for minors.

Police said they also arrested two juveniles from Newport. A 17-year-old was charged with felony assault for stabbing the victim, according to police, while a 15-year-old was charged with felony assault, vandalism, and disorderly conduct for allegedly punching the victim and kicking him in the face during the assault.

The alleged attack remains under investigation.

Annie Shalvey contributed to this report. 

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