Swissvale, Pennsylvania residents were stunned when they witnessed a man running from an apartment with a bleeding newborn on September 8, 2017. Neighbors say they spoke with the panicked man, who told witnesses the 8-day-old baby had been stabbed near the eye by the child’s own mother.
The child’s mother, 32-year-old Tanishia Fielder, was witnessed emerging from the apartment carrying a knife. Fielder attempted to hide the knife under a dumpster near the complex and told witnesses, “It’s the Devil’s child.”
“When the husband came out, I guess, he was holding the baby, running down, and the baby had blood in his eyes and stuff,” neighbor Darius Warren told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate. “[The father was] screaming ‘911, call 911,’ so I called 911. Then when I asked the lady what was going on, she kept saying, ‘It’s Satan’s child, it’s Satan’s child’ and all that.”
Police arrived on the scene shortly after Warren’s call. Fielder explained to police that God had ordered her to kill the child, dismember him, and throw him into the dumpster because he was “by the Devil.”
According to the child’s father, Darwin Hanner, he and Fielder had been arguing earlier that day. Hanner told police the argument escalated quickly when Fielder pulled out a knife and began chasing him. It was during this attempted attack that Hanner says Fielder turned the knife on their infant child, according to a complaint cited by WPXI.
Witnesses were attempting to help Hanner and the baby when Fielder came out of the apartment and began to chase them away. That’s when Warren dialed 911.
The infant was transported to an area children’s hospital where he is being treated for a stab wound to the right eye. No updates on the child’s condition.
Fielder has been charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.