KEY POINTS

  • The child was rescued by a second officer on scene who called emergency services
  • The accused was arguing with a family member over the custody of her baby
  • She was charged with two felony counts of child abuse and attempted murder

A North Carolina woman has been arrested for stabbing her one-year-old baby in front of an officer. 

Police officers responded to a report of “disturbance” at an apartment in Greenville shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday. Arriving officers found 21-year-old Cierra Dyer arguing with a family member about the custody of her infant daughter. 

Shortly after, Dyer moved to the kitchen and picked up a knife. She stabbed the toddler in the back. An officer who followed her to the kitchen saw Dyer stabbing the child. She threw the knife away when the officer intervened, WNCT reported.

Dyer was immediately taken into custody, said the Greenville Police Department in a statement on Facebook.

Another officer present at the scene rescued the child and called for emergency rescue services (EMS). The toddler was rushed to a Vidant Medical Center for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Later, the police department said, "Dyer was already actively stabbing the child when the officer walked in and confronted her, at which point she dropped the knife."

Dyer was charged with one count of attempted murder in the first degree and one count of intentional child abuse resulting in serious physical injury. Both the charges are felonies. She has been booked into the Pitt Country Detention Center. A judge set her bond at $1.5 million, according to the Associated Press. It is unclear if an attorney has been assigned to her to comment on her behalf.

In August, a Florida mom fatally stabbed her toddler and injured her husband and teen daughter. She then turned the knife on herself. The woman allegedly got upset before the stabbing and said the family needed to be baptized in the bathtub. The surviving members were rushed to the hospital.

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