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Mother Charged with Attempted Murder for Slashing 3-Year-Old Daughter’s Neck with Scissors, Causing a ‘Life-Threatening Laceration’


A Maryland woman is accused of attempting to kill her own 3-year-old daughter with a pair of scissors — then turning the blades on herself. Authorities say the daughter’s injuries were so severe that she needed to be flown to the hospital in a helicopter, and doctors reportedly said the girl would have died had the police not acted quickly to save her.

Anne Catherine Akers, 28, of Hathaway Drive in the Wheaton-Glenmont area of Montgomery County, is charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree child abuse. The cases against her are proceeding in Rockville District Court.

Under Maryland law, attempted second-degree murder is a felony punishable by up 30 years in prison. First-degree assault is punishable by up to 25 years. First-degree child abuse is also punishable by up to 25 years in prison, but Maryland law explicitly notes that a judge can (but is not required to) order a sentence for child abuse to run back to back with sentences for other crimes.

“A sentence imposed under this section may be separate from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for any crime based on the act establishing the violation of this section,” the statute reads.

The Montgomery County Police Department said the case began to unfold Saturday morning. A relative called 911 and reported that he went to visit Akers’ home “and observed blood on the floor of the residence.”

Officers were dispatched. The found “blood and a pair of scissors on the floor.”

Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reported the relative referenced by police was actually the defendant’s father. Citing court documents, the television station said the father arrived home at 2 a.m. Saturday but had to sleep in his car because the defendant had changed the locks. The father called a locksmith when he still couldn’t enter the house by 9 a.m. He discovered the bloody scene once he was finally able to access the property.

The report continued by stating that “all the knives” in the house “were out” when officers arrived. “[S]alon scissors” were “on the floor in the hallway.”

From a press release dated Monday:

Officers located Akers on a bedroom floor suffering from a laceration to her neck; they began to assess her injuries. Officers removed a blanket Akers was holding and observed her three-year-old daughter with a life-threatening laceration to her neck. Officers immediately began life-saving measures on the three-year-old. 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.

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.

Jail records reviewed by Law&Crime indicate that Akers remains locked up in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility as of the time of this report.

WUSA reported that Akers will undergo a “court-ordered mental health evaluation” before he case moved forward. The TV station added that Akers is scheduled for additional court hearings on April 8 and April 23.

Watch the station’s report below:

[image via the Montgomery County, Md. Department of Police]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.