Mom Charged In Stabbing Said Cult Was Stalking Her
Susan Johnson, 38, allegedly stabbed her 2-year-old daughter in the torso, neck and head.
A mother was arrested late Wednesday night, for allegedly stabbing her 2-year-old daughter with a pair of scissors and then trying to strangle her. According to officials, the woman claimed a cult was stalking her.
The violence broke out inside the laundry room of the Heywood-Wakefield Place apartment building. Gardner police say two residents and a security guard helped save the little girl after hearing the commotion.
According to police, 38-year-old Susan Johnson stabbed the child in the torso, neck and head.
The woman then allegedly grabbed a dryer cord and tried to strangle her daughter. "The woman had a power cord from the dryer wrapped around the little girl's throat. The girl was full of blood… I thought she might already be dead," said Real Belliveau, who helped save the little girl. "Swearing… said she was going to kill the kid. 'I have to kill her. I have to kill her.'"
Police have released the chilling 911 call placed by the security guard who discovered a mother attacking her daughter with a pair of scissors.
Woman: Die, Die!
Security Guard: Stop! I need a police officer, 192 Central St., 4th floor. I got a woman in here that's stabbing herself and a child.
Dispatcher: OK, stabbing her and a child?
Security Guard: I'm trying to get the knife away from her if I can. (Screams)
Security Guard: There was a woman here in the laundry room, stabbing herself and a little boy with a pair of scissors. I just got the scissors away from her.
Dispatcher: How's the boy?
Security Guard: He's alive, he's cut… he's covered in blood.
Dispatcher: Stay on the line with me.
Security Guard: Ma'am! Stop! Stop! She's got some kind of spray. She's trying to spray me now… and she's trying to wrap her cord around the kid's neck.
TODDLER HAD OVER 100 WOUNDS
The 2-year-old was taken to Henry Heywood Hospital, and then transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center where she is in stable condition. Police say she had in excess of 100 superficial wounds and puncture wounds to her body. "There was a lot of small puncture wounds on the child, and there were a lot," said Gardner Police Chief Neil Erickson.
MOTHER SAID CULT WAS STALKING HER
Police say Johnson has some mental issues. "She has mentioned a couple of times in regards to a cult, and witchcraft and some mention about helicopters circling, so she definitely has some problems," said Erickson.
Her defense attorney, Peter Binder, said Johnson went to Gardner to visit her father. She left her father's house and thought she was being followed by a cult. In fear, she ended up inside the Heywood-Wakefield Place apartment building because it was big. "Really no recollection of what happened," said Binder. "She seems to be very paranoid."
Johnson apparently bought the scissors used in the alleged at a nearby store to cut her daughter's hair to disguise her.
Johnson was in the process of moving to Gardner. The apartment building's property manager and police say Johnson has no association with anyone in the building where the attack happened.
The little girl is now in state custody. The department of children and families did visit Johnson's home in Turners Falls on Tuesday, but she wouldn't let them in. Police did a welfare check on the child and said she was fine at the time.
Johnson was arraigned on Thursday. A competency hearing was ordered to be held in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, Johnson is being held on $100,000 cash bail.