BUFFALO, NY — After stabbing her six year old son repeatedly Zakiyyah M. Wolfford receives five years of probation. The sentencing comes after Wolfford pled guilty to second-degree attempted assault.
Wolfford visited Erie County Medical Center on October 8, 2019 after exhibited strange behavior in front of her home. She was released the same evening and returned home. The following morning at around 8:00AM Wolfford stabbed her son six times with a steak knife. She then stabbed herself multiple times as well.
Neighbors called 911 after hearing screaming. WGRZ-TV interviewed Wolfford’s neighbor who said:
“I heard a bunch of banging…and I thought she was being physically abused so I was gonna go upstairs to help her,” she told WGRZ-TV.
Upon hearing further screams from the mother and her son, Hairston says the pair decided to take action to gain entry into the apartment.
“My husband kicked open her door and we saw her standing there with her son next to her covered in blood and she had a knife in her hand,” Hairston said.
Hairston says the couple quickly snatched the boy and fled the apartment, with their neighbor, whom they identify as Zakiyyah Wolfford chasing them down the stairs, still with the knife in her hand.
“My goal was to get him (the child) out…I couldn’t leave him in that situation even if it endangered myself.”
When police arrived they found Wolfford outside of the residence with self-inflicted stab wounds. She was arrested and charged with attempted assault. Her son was transported to Oishei Children’s Hospital for treatment to wounds on his abdomen, chest, and arms.
Due to her history of mental illness Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn allowed Wolfford to plead guilty to attempted assault instead of assault. Flynn stated “obviously, this is a terrible situation for everyone involved.”
He went on to report that the boy is doing well and is back in school. The boy will remain in his father’s custody.
After pleading guilty to attempted assault Wolfford faced up to three years in prison, however she was sentenced to five years of probation instead. Additionally, State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns granted an eight year order of protection to the boy.
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In another tragic family crisis, a Florida man attempted to burn down a house while his mother was inside. It happened in Miami, Florida.
A 36-year-old Florida man was said to have threatened to slice his own throat in court on July 8th while hoisting a knife. This came after appearing for charges related to allegedly holding his elderly mother captive inside of a house while trying to burn the house down.
Gamaliel Geronimo Pedraza is facing some serious charges based upon what police and the victim allege he did on July 5th. Those charges are arson, attempted felony murder and false imprisonment.
According to police, Pedraza arrived at his 72-year-old mother’s home located at Southwest 305th Terrace in Miami at about 4:00 a.m. on July 5th. The mother reportedly told police that her son entering the home woke her up, and she went to greet him.
Pedraza’s mother says that her son started to become agitated and by 6:00 a.m. that morning, started to get physically aggressive with her. Pedraza allegedly took his mother’s car keys and cell phone away from her, and proceeded to shove her into a bedroom closet and lock her in there.
The victim was reportedly trapped inside of the closet for about three hours, and by 9:00 a.m. she said she could hear items being broken throughout the home and could smell something burning. When she was finally able to free herself from the closet, she witnessed numerous possessions of hers set ablaze inside the hallway outside of her bedroom.
Apparently, the front door to the home was somehow either locked or compromised, and the woman was trapped inside of her home. Luckily, police were able to respond and free the woman from the home upon their arrival.
Police say that Pedraza had also exited the home, but made his way into the street and produced a knife.
The suspect reportedly brought the knife to his neck, and threatened to kill himself. Thereafter, Pedraza was said to have ran into an adjacent backyard while still keeping the knife to his throat, continuing to threaten to take his own life.
SWAT was able to respond to the scene to assist, and both they and police were able to bring Pedraza into custody.
The victim in the case was reportedly transferred over to Homestead Hospital where she was treated for a laceration on her arm and also smoke inhalation. She was later released from the hospital.
As for Pedraza, he was evaluated at Jackson Memorial Hospital after the incident and was later brought into custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He’s currently being held without bail.
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