LAKE WALES -- A Lake Wales mother who allegedly chained her 7-year-old son's hands together and repeatedly stabbed him in the chest has been arrested on attempted murder charges.
According to Lake Wales police, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on the 100 block of East Tillman Avenue around 8:14 a.m. Tuesday. They arrested 42-year-old Maisa Alverez.
Police say their investigation revealed that the child awoke to his mother chaining his hands together. The 7-year-old tried to defend himself by blocking the attack and, as a result, also received defensive wounds to his arms, police say.
Neighbors said Alverez seemed like a normal mom. A girl said her brother often plays inside with the victim.
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The child was airlifted from the scene and taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. He was in stable condition when he was airlifted from the scene, and at 11:15 a.m., a detective at the hospital reported that none of his stab wounds were life-threatening.Police say that at this point in their investigation, they have no idea why Alverez would commit "such a violent act against her child."
The mother was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse and booked in the Polk County Jail.