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Mother convicted of stabbing baby

A Buffalo woman accused of stabbing her infant daughter in a hospital room was convicted Tuesday of felony assault and child endangerment.

Kendra Christian, 21, of Kern Avenue, was found guilty following a three-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. She was allowed to remain free until her sentencing Dec. 4.

Wolfgang found her not guilty of first-degree assault.

Prosecutor Lauren A. Rott of the Erie County district attorney's Special Victims Bureau said she will urge District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III to recommend the judge impose the maximum seven-year prison term on the second-degree assault conviction. Court officials confirmed the judge could also grant Christian probation.

Christian declined to comment as she left court with her mother, Christine Coleman, who is caring for Christian's two children under Family Court orders of protection.

During the trial, four nurses testified that they found Christian alone in the room of her newborn daughter when they entered at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 2008. They said they found the baby bleeding from three stab wounds in her chest from a pen.

A hospital doctor testified that one of the stab wounds was close to the baby's heart. The child also suffered a punctured lung.

Defense lawyer Arthur J. Rumizen cited medical findings that Christian was diagnosed as suffering from postpartum depression.

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