An American mother from Maryland is accused of attempting to cut off the head of her autistic 11-year-old son.
Kristina Petrie, 46, of Aspen Hill, Maryland, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first- and second-degree child abuse after her son told police that she held a bow saw against his neck and cut him with it.
On March 12, 2018, after the boy arrived home from school, he told police that he entered his home and saw his brother crying on the couch. He said his mother, Kristina, was crying and laughing. He said he then went upstairs to play a game.
At this point, his mother, holding a bow saw, approached him and asked why he wasn’t doing his homework yet. The boy said that he would start his homework at 4.45pm.
But Kristina raised the bow saw and blocked him from leaving the room. He said he wound up in a kneeling position and Kristina “jammed” the bow saw against his neck, dragging it back and forth several times.
He told police that Kristina tried to kill him and that he screamed. He said that Kristina was screaming and crying as well. He was able to get the saw away from his mother, then he escaped from the room.
His mother didn’t get to attack him again as his neighbour came over to the house after which his father, Andrew Petrie, returned home. Andrew then took Kristina to the hospital.
Where the incident happened
Andrew told police on March 15 that Kristina had called him and confessed that she had “attacked” their son with a saw. That same day, a medical exam and photographs of the 11-year-old revealed that the boy’s injuries were still clearly evident, even though three days had passed since the alleged attempted beheading. Police said that there were “several thin lines with the skin broken and scabbing” on his neck. The boy also had cuts on his shoulder and hand, as well as red marks on his back.
Staff at the hospital where Andrew took Kristina after the incident said that she told them that she felt “overwhelmed and that she was not doing enough to help her children with their autism.”
A hospital staff member said that Kristina also told them that she worried that her sons would “grow up to be a burden to society” and that they “needed to die.” The staff member claimed that Kristina admitted she wanted to cut off her son’s head with the bow saw.
When the staff member asked why Kristina had been brought to the hospital, she said that she had “tried to kill her kids again,” according to the court document.
A judge decided that Kristina should be held without bond on Tuesday. Kristina’s next court date is set for April 20. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to life in prison for the first-degree attempted murder charge, plus a combined 40 years maximum for the two child abuse charges.
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Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
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Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
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The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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