Verdict reached in trial of woman accused of stabbing 3-year-old boy

Verdict reached in trial for woman indicted in 3-year-old boy’s stabbing
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 6:41 AM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 5:33 PM EDT
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DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A woman was found not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday for the stabbing of a 3-year-old boy last summer in a Warren County subdivision.

Xiaoyan Zhu, 47, was in court Thursday as the verdict was read. Zhu was previously ordered to undergo a forensic evaluation and then was found incompetent last fall to stand trial.

At last check, she was being held at Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Roselawn for additional treatment.

Zhu was indicted in April 2021 on charges of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of felonious assault, a copy of her indictment shows.

She pleaded not guilty.

Court testimony revealed that the boy was playing with his brother in the driveway before school when he was stabbed.

The mother of the alleged victim says she told her two sons to go outside and play before going to school, and then a few minutes later, she heard one of her sons yelling.

“I start to hear my older son [name omitted] yelling, ‘what are you doing, what are you doing,’” the mother explained in court.

The mom says when she got to the door she saw Zhu standing over her 3-year-old with a knife.

She says she could see the stuffed lining coming out of several slits in his coat.

The toddler was stabbed three times in his neck and back area - and the knife broke off, lodging the tip in him, according to court records.

Zhu’s daughter reported the stabbing during an online class with her teacher, who called 911, according to the sheriff’s office.

The toddler was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Two clinical psychologists examined Zhu and both came to similar conclusions about a possible motive.

“There were random people outside of her home that were monitoring and/or potentially wanted to harm her and her family,” the doctor explained.

According to a deputy who testified, Zhu told him something entirely different.

Question: What did [Zhu] tell you?

Deputy: It was about an alien, alien toy.

Question: An alien toy?

Deputy: Correct.

The deputy then described the toy, a Baby Yoda doll, that the boy was playing with at the time of the attack.

For now, Zhu will head back to Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Roselawn where she has been staying.

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