Mother Arrested For Stabbing Children

Thursday, November 22, 2007

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TAUNTON, Mass. - A Taunton woman was arrested Tuesday after stabbing her two children and her mother.

Taunton police said 39-year-old Sandra Meninno was charged with assault with intent to murder and three counts of assault and battery with a knife.

The two children, ages 10 and 12, and Meninno's 64-year-old mother, were all treated for minor stab wounds and later released from a local hospital.

Police said Meninno had a history of mental illness.

Investigators said Meninno's mother was struggling with her daughter when police arrived at Mennino's Pond View Circle home at about 5 a.m.

Police said it was a good thing Mennino’s mother was there or it could have been a more tragic situation.

"She intervened and was holding her down when police arrived," said Chief Raymond O’Berg of the Taunton Police Department. "The mother is showing no remorse. We think that with the mental illness, she doesn’t have the capability to understand that she tried to kill her own children."

A neighbor told NBC 10 that the children often play in the neighborhood with the other kids, and that they are nice and happy kids.

"She loves those kids more than she loves herself," said Jeanette Meninno, Sandra's Meninno's grandmother. "She wasn’t aware of what was going on. She would have never done something like that to her kids."

The two children are now in their father's custody.

Authorities said the couple is in the process of divorcing, and that the father was not living in the home at the time of the incident.

Sandra Meninno, who did not appear at a hearing on Tuesday, was ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

She was ordered held without bail.

Shocking that the local DCF allow the father to have custody of the kids, since if they take the kids they get more money to work with.


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