A 44-year-old West Baltimore woman was charged yesterday in a hatchet attack that nearly severed the left hand of the man she claimed had sexually abused her granddaughter.
Geraldine Jackson, 44, attacked Wardell Leverette, 47, of the 1900 block of North Bentalou Street early yesterday in the kitchen of her home in the 1700 block of West Lanvale Street, according to Agent Arlene Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.
Her intention, Agent Jenkins said, was to cut off the arm of the man her 5-year-old granddaughter said had touched her genitals.
Mr. Leverette was struck with a hatchet on his left wrist, left shoulder and left cheek. His hand was almost severed, Agent Jenkins said, and he was in serious condition yesterday at the University Hospital.
A police officer who had been cruising the neighborhood spotted Mr. Leverette lying on the sidewalk on West Lanvale Street about 2:40 a.m., Agent Jenkins aid.
After administering first aid and calling for an ambulance, police traced a trail of blood to the rear door of Ms. Jackson's house. Inside, Agent Jenkins said, police found Ms. Jackson mopping up blood.
Police said Ms. Jackson believed that Mr. Leverette, a former boyfriend of her sister, had sexually abused her granddaughter. Policewould not release information about the child's parents or whether shelived with her grandmother.
Ms. Jackson has been charged with assault with intent to maim and assault with a deadly weapon, Agent Jenkins said. She was being held last night at the Women's Detention Center at the Central District on $15,000 bond.
After Ms. Jackson's arrest, her granddaughter was taken to the University Hospital and examined for physical evidence of sexual abuse, police said. No evidence was found, they said.