“I saw her with a knife standing over my child”


March 5—Warren County Deputies are investigating the stabbing of a 3-year-old boy in an incident reported by a student online to her teacher, who then called 911.

Officials said the stabbings involved the online student’s mother and a nearby child.

Deputies responded between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday at a house on Charleston Park Drive in Deerfield Twp. after the victim’s mother and a teacher reported the stabbing. Deputies confirmed the boy was stabbed with a ceramic knife by a neighbour. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Someone just stabbed my son,” the boy’s mother said in a frantic 911 call.

The boy’s mother said she heard screams and saw his next-door neighbor standing in his driveway and stabbing her son.

“I saw her with a knife standing over my child,” she said.

The woman said her son was walking around and crying. Her back was covered in blood, but she said her wounds were more like scratches.

Around the same time the child’s mother called, an online learner from Mason High School told his teacher that his mother was stabbing someone. The teacher immediately called 911. She said her student had a brother in the house and both children were sobbing.

Lt. Todd Snelling said the suspect was taken into custody but not formally charged with felony assault, a second-degree felony. The suspect is undergoing a medical evaluation and will be charged pending those results, Snelling said.

Mason City School District spokesperson Tracy Carson said in a statement on Thursday that the victim was the younger brother of a Mason Early Childhood Center student and the children were outside en route to the bus stop. at the time of the stab.

“The child is expected to make a full recovery. Our mental wellness team was on scene with Warren County deputies and are providing support to both families. We all face the tragic and frightening situation today. We struggle to find words of comfort and we have no answers as to why such a thing is happening.

“We know that everyone processes traumatic events differently. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact your child’s mental wellness counselor or coordinator. Please find additional information in our Resources for Mason Families document.

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