A 29-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse after police said she stabbed her infant daughter in the head and neck during a supervised visit on Tuesday at a social services office in East Baltimore.
Kenisha Thomas, who has addresses in North Baltimore and in Cockeysville, was being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. Police said she got angry during a visit with a social worker and used a long kitchen knife to stab her 8-month-old daughter.
The infant victim is listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, suffering from wounds to he neck and above her left eye. State officials are investigating how a person with a knife got through security at the office complex in the 3000 block of East Biddle St.
Union officials who represent social workers have complained that security is lax, especially given that meetings occur daily between parents and their children, who in many cases have been taken away by authorities.
Department of Social Service officials, citing privacy laws, have declined to say why the suspect was at the office. Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the suspect does not have custody of her daughter, the victim.