COLLINGDALE, Pa. (CBS) — Police say an 8-year-old girl was stabbed in face during a babysitting dispute with her neighbor in Collingdale, Delaware County.
Authorities say the violent attack happened just before 3 p.m. Friday inside an apartment in the 500 block of MacDade Boulevard.
Investigators say 21-year-old Majeah Bashir, who lives on the second floor of residence, stabbed the young girl, her first floor neighbor, in the face with a steak knife during an argument in the hallway over babysitting.
Police say the girl suffered a serious wound to her forehead. She was rushed by officers to Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital and later transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was expected to recover.
Bashir was arrested and charged with several crimes, including criminal attempted homicide. She was expected to be arraigned early Saturday morning.
Police say it’s unlikely the girl was the intended target, but it’s unclear how she got hurt.
“It was a mistake! She is not a criminal. She is a child of Jesus Christ,” a woman, who identified herself as the suspect’s mother, told Eyewitness News. “The [8-year-old] girl had a butcher knife. She tried to take it from the girl. She never intended to stab the girl.”
A judge set bail at $250,000 cash and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for February 28.