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An eleven-year-old boy in Brooklyn named Terrance Allen is being hailed as a hero today for stabbing a 42-year-old man who was attacking his mom and cousin, effectively fending off the assault.
The story is hardly heartwarming though when you consider the fact that the assailant was the mom’s live-in boyfriend, Timothy Pender.
New York Daily News reported that the man “snapped” and began choking the mother, then when the cousin tried to get him to stop, he began choking her. It was then that the little boy ran to get a kitchen knife and stabbed Pender in the back. The boyfriend was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. He was taken to the hospital to treat his “non-life-threatening injuries.”
They’re reporting that the boyfriend snapped because that’s probably how the mother characterized it, but let’s be real, this man is an ex-con with multiple prior arrests stretching back twenty years. The report said he has pleaded guilty in past cases to forcible touching, trespass, resisting arrest and theft of services. He didn’t “snap”. He is plain dangerous and the mother endangered her child by not only dating this man, but allowing him to live with them.
There isn’t enough love (or loneliness) in the world that should rid a mother of her common sense when deciding to let someone live in her house with her and her child. There is no excuse for this sort of foolishness.
How often do we hear of some woman whose abusive boyfriend killed her kids? Sure we can “boo-hoo” when tragedy happens, but can we also point out that women need to wise up about the men they attach themselves to? This is more than an emotionally-unavailable man that doesn’t return calls in a timely fashion. These are men who will come near killing a woman and have no qualms about turning that same wrath on her unsuspecting children.
In this case, the kid is being lauded as a hero, but he’s probably traumatized for life and it’s his mother’s fault. We can only hope that she has learned her lesson and won’t go back to this guy or any other physically abusive man who puts her and her child’s life in imminent danger.
Alissa Henry is a freelance writer living in Columbus, OH. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink
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A Baltimore mother appears to have snapped at the thought of losing her baby to child services permanently when she made a visit to the city’s Department of Social Services last week.
According to police, while 29-year-old Kenisha Thomas was spending time with her daughter, Pretty Diamond, during a supervised visit, she became angry and pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed the baby five times in the neck and upper body. A social worker who was in the room with her told police that Thomas complained about the girl’s care and said she could do a better job. When the social worker reminded Thomas that her time was almost up, the mother said, “It’s about to be over,” then pulled out the knife and stabbed the 8-month-old girl.
A few people are said to have rushed into the visitation room. According to police documents, one co-worker attempted to distract Thomas by throwing a chair at her. That same man was bitten in the hand while he tried to restrain her. A third co-worker reportedly found the baby on the floor with the knife in her neck and took her to another room. Several witnesses said they heard Thomas say she was going to kill the baby and that if she couldn’t have her, no one could.
The infant was taken to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where she is in stable condition in the pediatric intensive care unit, and Thomas has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, child abuse, and assault.
While many are questioning how this woman was able to bring a knife on the premises in the first place, Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas insists all safety protocols were followed on the day of the stabbing.
“The suspect in this case, she did go through the metal detector. Her bag was searched. We believe the knife was hidden in the bag… possibly in the lining of the bag,” he said.
Regardless, that knife should have been seen and Patrick Moran, director of AFSCME Maryland, the union that includes Social Services workers who were present at the time of the incident, said state cuts to public services have led to inadequate security at that particular office and many others.
“It’s been this diet of cuts over the past 10 years that is cutting the level of people doing the amount of work that needs to get done. When you do that, there’s going to be lapses in things like security, oversight, etc.,” he told 11 News.
Dallas did announce new security measures that will be implemented to prevent an incident like this from happening again.
“We’re installing lockers inside the facility,” he said. “Those lockers will be where you check your bag before you go through the metal detector and before you go anywhere near the back of the office where you will have a supervised visit.”
Meanwhile, Thomas is undergoing psychiatric evaluation to see what caused her violent outrage.
Do you think security is partially responsible for this incident?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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What is $20 worth to you? In 22 year old Kamisha Richards’ case it cost her her life. Richards loaned the money to 18 year old Kayla Henriques, the sister of the man she’d been dating off and on for the past seven years. Richards loaned Henriques the money to buy her young son diapers and baby formula. When Richards suspected that the money was spent on something else she asked for the money back. They hashed out their dispute over Facebook.
Kamisha Richards: the last time u will con me into giving u money.”
Kayla Henriques: “Dnt try to expose me mama but I’m not tha type to thug it ova facebook see u wen u get frm wrk.”
A few hours later police found Richards’ body on Henriques’ kitchen floor in Brooklyn, New York. After a heated argument, Henriques stabbed her in the chest with a kitchen knife, killing her. At the time of the stabbing there were several people in the apartment, so there were witnesses.
Henriques was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Richards who had graduated from college, was working two jobs as she prepared to go to law school. She took the LSAT in December.
Ms. Richards’s mother, Nicole Colter-Henry told The New York Times “I’m never going to see my daughter. All over $20.”