Crime

Detectives: Florida mom chained, repeatedly stabbed 7-year-old

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.

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.

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