WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Prosecutors detailed the injuries a 3-year-old suffered when a woman allegedly stabbed him during a Warren County court hearing on Monday.
Xiaoyan Zhu is being held on a $1 million bond following the March 4 stabbing.
Zhu used a ceramic knife to stab the boy as he walked with his older sibling to a bus stop in the Charleston Park subdivision in Deerfield Township, court documents read.
The 3-year-old was stabbed nine times in the back of his jacket, with three of the strikes breaking his skin, according to prosecutors.
“There is a retained piece of broken tip of the knife still remains in [the boy’s] body and is still - he is still under medical care for that and is continued to be evaluated,” prosecutors explained. “Its [knife piece] placement is very near his spine, and the risk for surgical removal may be very near leaving it in place.”
Zhu’s defense team used the time in court to call for the need for psychiatric care.
Some people outside of the courtroom spoke in support of Zhu but explained how this is a tragedy for both families.
“We really want to come here to show support to the suspect [Zhu] because we know that when she was doing this and she was suffering from mental health issues,” said family friend Hongmei Li. “And so, it’s just like she did not mean to do it intentionally, and she was really under the - she was really suffering from the mental condition.”
Zhu will be on house arrest if she can post the $1 million bond, the judge said.
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