A woman accused of fatally stabbing her 8-year-old son last week in their North Buffalo apartment waived a felony hearing Monday in City Court.
David R. Addelman, the assigned attorney for Jessica L. Murphy, said the family is concentrating on grieving for Jacob T. Noe, not on legal strategy.
“This family has been through so much in the last week that right now their focus is on grieving Jacob, nothing else,” Addelman said after the court appearance.
“So we waived the hearing and decided to let the process play out before a grand jury.”
He said several family members and friends were in the courtroom for Monday’s proceeding. “They are grieving Jacob, but they are supportive of Jessica,” he said.
He added that his client will eventually present a defense, “but this is not the time.”
The defense attorney declined to comment on Murphy’s statement to police after the fatal attack on her son that she was “saving him from going to hell.”
The statement came after police arrived at the second-floor apartment on Lovering Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Murphy lived there with her mother and other relatives. Jacob died at about 2:30 a.m. that day in Women & Children’s Hospital.
Murphy had been suffering from a bipolar disorder, according to a relative, and there had been discussions about Jacob moving in with family members in West Seneca, but it never happened.
After her arraignment Wednesday in City Court on a charge of second-degree murder, Murphy was held without bail and was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, where she was placed under “enhanced” watch by members of the mental health staff.
At Monday’s court appearance, Judge Joseph A. Fiorella ordered Murphy, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit with her hands cuffed behind her, remanded to the Holding Center.
She said nothing during the proceeding.
After the appearance, chief homicide prosecutor James F. Bargnesi, who was asked outside the courtroom about Murphy’s police statement, said a jury ultimately will evaluate it at trial.
In response to another question, he declined to comment on her mental state.
Jacob was a second-grader at Tapestry Charter School. A wake was held for him Friday and Saturday in Reddington Funeral Home, 657 Abbott Road. The wake was followed by a prayer service Saturday in the funeral home.