A woman was arrested today on charges that she used a hatchet in an attempt to hack off the arm of a man she believed sexually molested her granddaughter, Baltimore police said.
The injured man was identified by police as Wardell Leverette, 47, of the 1900 block of N. Bentalou St.
He was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where police said he was in serious condition with a severe cut to his left wrist and other cuts to his left shoulder and left cheek.
The police said they discovered Leverette at 2:40 a.m. today, lying on a sidewalk and bleeding.
After calling a Fire Department medic unit, police said, they followed a trail of blood to the rear door of a house in the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St. in West Baltimore, where they found Geraldine Jackson, 44, mopping up blood in her kitchen.
Police said Jackson told them Leverette had touched the genitals of her granddaughter and that "she was going to cut his arm off so he couldn't touch any other children."
Two hatchets and two knives were recovered in Jackson's house, police said.
Jackson was arrested on two charges: assault with intent to maim and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.
Jackson was being held today at the Women's Detention Center at the Central District police station, waiting to see a court commissioner.
The granddaughter was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center where an examination revealed no physical evidence that she had been molested, police said. She has returned home.
Police said Leverette was a former boyfriend of Jackson's sister and that he had come to pay a visit.
Jackson, her sister and the pre-school-age granddaughter all live in the house on West Lanvale Street.
No information was available concerning the granddaughter's mother.