A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 29-year-old woman Monday on attempted murder and seven other charges in connection with the brutal stabbing of her 8-month-old daughter during a supervised visit at a city social services office in April.
Kenisha Thomas, who is being held without bail in the incident, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday, but the indictment will move the felony case into circuit court. An arraignment on the new charges is set for July 17.
According to police, Thomas smuggled a large kitchen knife into a Baltimore social services office April 24 and repeatedly stabbed the infant, named Pretty Diamond, in the head and neck as office staff fought back, with one man throwing a chair at her. The baby, who previously was removed from Thomas’ care, survived.
After Thomas was disarmed and restrained, she told onlookers “If I can’t have her, nobody will,” police documents claim.
The attack led to a security overhaul and tightening at the four Baltimore social services offices that supervise visits between parents and their estranged children.
Thomas is charged with: attempted first-degree murder; attempted second-degree murder; first-degree child abuse; second-degree child abuse; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injury.