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Mother pleads guilty in stabbing of her 6-year-old son

Late on the night of Oct. 8, 2019, Zakiyyah M. Wolfford was acting erratically outside her home on Purdy Street. She went to Erie County Medical Center but was released.

The following morning, police and prosecutors say, Wolfford stabbed her 6-year-old son six times with a steak knife in their upstairs apartment. Neighbors intervened, called 911 and when police arrived, they found Wolfford on the porch with self-inflicted stab wounds.

Friday morning, Wolfford, 33, pleaded pleaded guilty to a count of second-degree attempted assault before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said he allowed Wolfford to plead to attempted assault rather than assault because of her history of mental illness.

"Obviously, this is a terrible situation for everyone involved," Flynn said.

Since the stabbing incident, the boy, who was at Oishei Children's Hospital for treatment of wounds to his chest, abdomen and arms, has recovered.

"The boy is doing fine," Flynn said. "He's back in school."

The boy's father has custody of him, Flynn said.

Wolfford, who was out after posting bail, has been going to counseling in the meantime.

The DA's office is holding off on making sentencing recommendations until it's closer to the sentencing, which is scheduled for May 5, Flynn said. She potentially faces 1 1/3 to 3 years in prison.

In the meantime, the child will remain with his dad and an order of protection was issued to keep Wolfford away from her son.

While mental illness played a role in the case, Flynn said Wolfford was found competent to stand trial, had the case gone to trial.

Mother in custody after 6-year-old stabbed on Purdy Street

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