(Baltimore Police Department )
"I hope my baby is dead."
These are the chilling words from a mother who is now charged with repeatedly stabbing her 8-month-old child during a supervised visit with a social service's worker. The account comes from police charging documents filed in court that detail the horrific incident.
Social workers rushed to help the child, and one threw a chair at her, forcing her to drop the baby, the knife still in her neck. One worker told police she confronted the suspect as she held her daughter on a table with one hand and the knife in the other.
The charging documents state that the mother, 29-year-old Kenisha Thomas, was angry that her hour-long meeting with her daughter was nearing and end and that she could do a better job raising her. When told her time was up, she reportedly said, "It's about to be over," and "Lock me up. If I can't have her, nobody will."
Today's story contains more from the staff and addresses security cocerns about how someone could get into the secure building with a knife. Read that article here.
Here are the charging documents filed in court:
?On 24 Apr 12 at approx 1000 hrs Eastern District patrol units were dispatched to 3031 E Biddle St (Dept Social Services Building) for a cutting. Upon arrival, it was determined that a 8 month old child (victim) had been stabbed multiple times, and that the victim's mother (suspect) was being detained. Child abuse Unit was contacted, and immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, the following information was obtained.
The victim was suffering from multiple stab wounds, and was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital by Baltimore City Medic #24. The suspect was also suffering from wounds, which were treated by Medic 10 on scene. Investigation revealed that the suspect does not have custody of the victim. The suspect was at the DSS building for a supervised visit with the victim, in the company of DSS employee. It was during this visit on 04/24/12 at approx 0950 hrs, that the suspect produced a kitchen knife, and began to stab the victim multiple times. The suspect was subdued by staff, and authorities notified.
The Crime Scene consisted of an office area with chairs and tables. This area was the scene of the stabbing, where blood was on the floor area of same. There were also other misc items, and a kitchen knife on the floor (believed to be the weapon used to commit this offense). This area was photographed and processed by crime lab unit #5825 (Tech Tran). There was also blood located in the hallway area (where victim was taken to after incident), this was also photographed by crime lab. Items recovered and submitted by crime lab.
The knife recovered had a wooden type handle and consisted of a long silver blade. Same had blood on the blade portion of the knife.
This Detective along with Detective Herndon responded to 3031 E. Biddle St and obtained statements from the following people that were involved in the incident.
Witness # 1- Dana Hayes B/F. Dana provided a recorded statement. During her statement she disclosed that on 24 April 2012 at approximately 0925 Hrs Kenisha Thomas B/F came to her office located at 3031 E. Biddle St for supervised visitation with her daughter, Pretty Diamond. Dana advised that they all went to room # 117 (Conference room) so that Kenisha could spend time with her child. During that time Dana advised that Kenisha complained about her daughter's care and felt like she could do a better job. Dana advised that it was a one-hour visit and toward that end of the visit Dana stated that the visit is almost over. Then Kenisha laid her daughter on the table and stated, ' It is about to be over'. Kenisha then began to fumble through her handbag and pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed the baby (Pretty Diamond). Dana stated that she began to scream and ran from the room yelling that ' She stabbing the baby, Help'. She remembers people running in the room but was so upset she could not remember whom they were. She described the knife as a long, thin knife with a black handle. She stated that she was about six feet away when the incident occurred.
Witness # 2- Elaine Jackson B/F. Elaine provided a recorded statement. During her statement she advised that she heard Dana yell and ran to the area (conference room). She observed the baby (Pretty Diamand) lying on the floor with a black handled knife in her neck. She advised that she removed the knife to get the baby away from the mother who was acting in an uncontrollable manor. She grabbed the baby and ran to another room down the hall. Elaine held the baby until Dr. Dodge came over and they place the baby on the floor to check her condition. The medic # 24 arrived and took control of the situation.