A University Park woman who allegedly stabbed her 6- month-old daughter with a pair of scissors and threatened her husband when he tried to intervene pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges.
Superior Court Judge Mark Hanasono rejected a request by Maria Mendez‘s husband — who is named as a victim in the criminal complaint — to be allowed to visit her in jail.
Mendez, 39, is jailed on $2.05 million bail. Her next court appearance is May 26, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require her to stand trial on two counts each of attempted murder and child abuse and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
The criminal complaint includes the allegations that Mendez inflicted great bodily injury on a victim under 5 years old and used scissors as a deadly weapon.
Mendez allegedly stabbed the girl once inside their home March 14 and then threatened to stab her husband when he pulled the baby away and ran outside.
One of the attempted murder charges involves the girl, while the other count of attempted murder and the count of assault with a deadly weapon involve the alleged attack on her husband.
The woman had allegedly burned the girl a day earlier, and one of the child abuse charges stems from that alleged attack, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The infant — who was not conscious or breathing when firefighters arrived — was taken to a hospital, where she was revived, authorities said.
—City News Service
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