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Mom stabs newborn, calling him 'devil's child,' police said

Posted at 8:31 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 08:31:11-04

SWISSVALE, PA (KDKA/CNN) - A woman is facing charges after authorities allege she did the unthinkable to her eight-day-old child on Friday.

Tanishia Fielder is in jail, charged with stabbing her baby boy in the face in her apartment.

Detectives said under questioning, Fielder admitted to the crime.

She said she used a kitchen knife, and police later recovered a knife under a trash bin behind the apartment building.

"It was the devil's child. That just kept coming out of her mouth. I'm like, wow, that's crazy," neighbor Darius Warren said.

Warren said he couldn't believe what happened because he knew the mother.

"Man, it was devastating. I never seen anything like that before, especially from her," he said. "I never would have expected that."

A criminal complaint says the baby sustained knife wounds near the right eye.

Fielder was quoted by police as saying, "I stabbed the baby. That's the devil's baby."

She explained the crime to police, saying God told her she needed to kill the baby, dismember him and throw him in the garbage because he was by the devil. 

The father of the infant told police that he and Fielder got into an argument earlier in the day on Friday, and he saw her with a knife.

He said she chased him with the knife, and he saw the baby stabbed and bleeding.

Warren, who called 911, described the scene: "When the husband came out, he was holding the baby, running down. The baby had blood in the eyes. (The father was) screaming '911, call 911,' so I called 911. Then when I asked the lady what was going on, she kept saying, 'It's Satan's child. It's Satan's child,' and all of that."

The baby was taken to a hospital for treatment. The child's condition is not known.

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