Mother charged with attempted homicide of son, 2

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A York County woman accused of slashing her 2-year-old son's neck before stabbing herself in the chest has been charged with attempted homicide.

Candis S. Bradshaw, 36, of Fairview Township, was also charged Friday with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to court documents.

Bradshaw and her son were flown to a hospital last Friday morning from their home in the first block of Foxfire Lane.

Police said the boy had two slash wounds, each several inches long, on both sides of his neck. He was released from the hospital over the weekend and is doing well.

Bradshaw recently recovered enough from her injuries to be released from the hospital and was transferred to Philhaven mental health facility, where she was served with her arrest warrant, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, a babysitter arrived at the home about 10 minutes before the 911 call at 8:31 a.m. and saw Bradshaw and her son at the top of the stairs, her shirt covered in blood.

As the babysitter was giving first aid, Bradshaw told her she was “going away for a long time,” the complaint states.

Bradshaw's husband returned home from work afterward, and when his son cried and reached out to him he noticed the lacerations on his neck, the complaint states.

Police said in the complaint that a 12-inch butcher knife with blood was on a dresser in the master bedroom, where the babysitter had placed it after finding it on the floor next to the bed.

Investigators said they also found blood on the safety rail of the child's bed; a large quantity of blood on the boy's pillow, bed sheets, blankets and several stuffed animals; and several small droplets of blood on the floor about two feet from the toddler's bed.

The complaint states that Bradshaw told an EMT she “made a bad decision” and that her husband “will never forgive me.” She told a paramedic who also treated her that she hurt her son at the same time she injured herself, at 7:30 a.m.

Her husband told police that Bradshaw suffered from postpartum depression after the boy was born, and she had recently become anxious and depressed, the document states.

Bradshaw was committed to York County Prison on $200,0000 cash bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 6.

 

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