Mother arrested for attempted murder after allegedly slashing 3-year-old daughter's neck with scissors

JON HAWORTH
·2 min read

A mother of a 3-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly slashing her daughter in the neck with a pair of scissors before doing the same to herself.

The incident occurred on Saturday, March 27, in the Wheaton-Glenmont area of Montgomery County, Maryland -- just north of Washington, D.C. -- when emergency services received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m. after a relative who had arrived at the family home observed blood on the floor of the residence, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police.

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When officers entered the home they discovered a pair of scissors and blood on the floor of the home before locating 28-year-old Anne Catherine Akers on a bedroom floor suffering from a laceration to her neck.

However, when first responders began to assess her injuries and administer aid, they removed a blanket that Akers had been holding onto and found her 3-year-old daughter underneath with a life threatening wound to her neck.

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PHOTO: Anne Catherine Akers, 28, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder after her 3-year-old daughter was found with a life-threatening wound to her neck on March 27, 2021 in Montgomery County, Maryland.   (Montgomery County Department of Police)
PHOTO: Anne Catherine Akers, 28, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder after her 3-year-old daughter was found with a life-threatening wound to her neck on March 27, 2021 in Montgomery County, Maryland. (Montgomery County Department of Police)

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Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on the 3-year-old, according to a statement from the Montgomery County Department of Police.

“Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and transported Akers to a local hospital with serious injuries. A Maryland State Police helicopter transported Akers’ daughter to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” the statement read. “Physicians who treated Akers’ daughter at the hospital stated to detectives that in their opinion, without the officers’ immediate life-saving actions, the three-year-old’s injuries would have been fatal.

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Authorities did not disclose possible motivations or reasons behind the slashing.

Detectives have now charged Akers with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree child abuse and will be held without bond at the Rockville District Court.

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