WOODBRIDGE, Va. –Police say a 3-month-old girl has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after her mother stabbed her when the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
Prince William County Police said Monday that 35-year-old Leah Arrington of Woodbridge is being held without bond on a charge of aggravated malicious wounding.
According to police, Arrington was watching the girl Saturday afternoon in the family home. As the baby continued to cry, police say Arrington used a kitchen knife to stab the baby in the lower body.
Another family member called police.
The baby was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and Arrington was arrested without incident.
Via CBS News
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) — A shocking crime in Prince William County has a tiny baby fighting for her life and the child’s mother charged with attacking her.
A 35-year-old mother who apparently gave birth just three months ago, is now being held without bond in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center. Her baby is in critical condition.
The tranquility of a crisp spring afternoon on Ridge View Court in Woodbridge contrasts to the incomprehensible act that police allege happened in an apartment.
“It’s crazy that someone could even do that,” said a neighbor.
Leah Greer Arrington, 35, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding in the attack on her three-month-old infant. She apparently could not take the sound of her crying anymore. Police say she grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the child in the stomach.
“Through our investigation, we found that the mother, because the baby would not stop crying, stabbed her in the stomach,” said Officer Nathan Probus with the Prince William County Police Department.
It happened around 12:30 Saturday afternoon, April 9.
He said Arrington called her husband who called 911. The baby was in such bad shape, she would have been flown by helicopter if the weather wasn’t bad. She was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
One neighbor at the apartment complex was so upset to hear what happened next door, he nearly cried.
“She’s not a mother. Mothers are God’s gifts. We love our children. If they ever make a mistake, we sit them down and explain to them, ‘don’t do that next time.’ But to cry? I could cry,” said Ganesh Singaravelu.
Neighbor Josh Whitaker saw the police cars that responded on Saturday afternoon, but he didn’t know why until a WUSA9 news crew told him on Tuesday.
“That’s the reason the mother stabbed her. Some people are not fit to have children. It’s too bad she didn’t realize it before it came to that,” said Whitaker.
The mother’s attorney has filed a motion for a bond hearing which is scheduled for Wednesday morning. The attorney, Adrian Showells, could not be reached for comment.
Neither police nor prosecutors would speculate on whether mental illness, such as post partum depression, played any part in the incident.