Man's hand nearly severed with hatchet


A woman who was charged with using a hatchet to nearly sever a man's hand was released from jail last night after posting $15,000 bail, police said.

Police said no trial date has been set for Geraldine Jackson, 44, of the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St., who was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with assault with intent to maim and assault with a deadly weapon.

Jackson, police said, used a hatchet to attempt to hack off the arm of a man she believed had sexually molested her granddaughter, 5. The injured man was identified by police as Wardell Leverette, 47, of the 1900 block of N. Bentalou St. He was in serious condition today at University of Maryland Medical Center with a severe cut to his left wrist and other cuts to his left shoulder and left cheek.

Police said they discovered Leverette about 2:40 a.m. yesterday, lying on a sidewalk and bleeding. After calling a Fire Department medic unit, police followed a trail of blood to the rear door of a house in the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St., where they found Jackson mopping up blood in her kitchen.

Police said Jackson told them Leverette had touched the genitals of her granddaughter and that "she was going to cut his arm off so he couldn't touch any other children."

Two hatchets and two knives were recovered in Jackson's house, police said.

The granddaughter was taken to University where an examination revealed no physical evidence that she had been molested, police said. She has returned home.

Police said Leverette was a former boyfriend of Jackson's sister and that he had come to pay a visit.

Jackson, her sister and the pre-school-age granddaughter all live in the Lanvale Street house.

No information was available concerning the granddaughter's mother.

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