Disturbing CCTV footage from a nearby pharmacy surfaced of a woman randomly slashing a child’s face.
The horrific incident took place on Tuesday on Pekini Street in Tbilisi, the capital in the country of Georgia. Georgia is located on the western border of Russia and was once part of the Soviet Union.
WARNING: Although the quality of the video is blurry, it is graphic and violent.
In the footage obtained by police, the three-year-old victim was calmly walking with his parents and sibling when the female stranger came out of nowhere wielding a knife and swiped it across the boy’s face for no reason.
The suspect, reported to be a 51-year-old woman, turned away after the random attack on the boy only to immediately pivot back and attempt a second strike on the other child before being shielded by the father.
The internet is justifiably horrified after watching the viral video of the unprovoked attack.
I saw the video, people who were chastising the dad for not doing anything needs to understand that as soon he went to get her, she brandished the knife again and he decided to protect his other kid in case she came back for his kid so his instinct was to protect his kid first..— Narendra Pat (@Chewlo_Ren) August 30, 2019
Omg. I didn't even notice the knife in her hand at first. I thought she pulled it out when the man came at her, but it was already in her hand when she slapped the boy. And when she went after the girl!— Wild'n'Blue (@MarlieTweetin) August 29, 2019
I'm past horrified I'm pissed off.— ⚀⚂⚃ Led Zeppelin girl ⚀⚂⚃ (@ihateu4321) August 29, 2019
When the father ran after the suspect who was about to cross the street, she threatened him with the knife. He backed away and she fled the scene.
Fortunately, authorities managed to detain her the following morning.
Thank God they caught her— venvamizo (@Allehill2) August 30, 2019
Thank God he's okay and Thank God she's in custody! That footage was horrifying.— Catherine G Ellis (@CatherineGElli3) August 30, 2019
Thank God she was arrested....it looks like she just sauntered away without anyone stopping her!😡😡⏰⏰— Wishbone (@dwhfarmall) August 30, 2019
The boy suffered cuts to the nose and cheek and was taken by ambulance to the Zhvania clinic.
According to Jam News, the clinic said the condition of the boy was evaluated as “moderately severe.”
Police detained the 51-year-old suspect. Her mother said her daughter was sane. The artist faces between 7 and 10 years in prison.— Scotty McGuire (@McguireScotty) August 30, 2019
The boy born in 2015 has been diagnosed with deep wounds in the nose and right cheek. He was stitched; his condition is said to be moderate. pic.twitter.com/VycSqN3LGk
Natia Vasadze, the Tbilisi Givi Zhvania Pediatric Academic Clinic’s maxillofacial surgeon, gave InterPressNews an update.
“The state of health has improved, we intend to discharge the child. The patient had fairly deep wounds in the area of the nose and right cheek.”
“We provided initial surgical care to the patient and then, stitched the wound. Currently, the health condition has improved and he will be discharged.”
That woman the horrible footage stabbing a young kid on the street is only possibly getting 10 years...that is insane. Boy is ok, underwent “moderately severe” surgery on cheek & nose. What a terrible ordeal https://t.co/EF1IL1K4Db— Martina Markota (@MartinaMarkota) August 30, 2019
https://t.co/XntUyht1eB— 𝕷𝖊𝖌𝖊𝖓𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖞 𝕬𝖘𝖘𝖍𝖔𝖑𝖊 (@LegendaryAsshol) August 30, 2019
The police have her, and they better keep her
Police were unable to determine the motivation for the unidentified woman’s violent attack.
She was charged with intentional infliction of grave injury to the health of a minor and could face up to ten years in prison.
Twitter perceived it to be a light sentence.
That should be 25- life— CHEETOS (@_CHEETOSx) August 29, 2019
Only 7 to 10 years if convicted. Then those years should be spend where she is most likely to be on the receiving end of a shiv!— i need another series to read! (@independant77) August 30, 2019
So she tries to murder two tiny children, and takes a swipe at an adult as well....yet faces 7 to 10 years?— Ken Smith (@screecwe) August 30, 2019
She should never see the sun again. These kids will be scarred for life. One literally, both figuratively. What a joke.
She deserved lead. Not a prison sentence.— Mike (@Mike_L_Na) August 30, 2019
"10 years" with the possibility that she could be paroled, after 6 months, to serve the rest of probation "helping out" in a daycare center?— Chris Clinkinbeard (@Clinkin53) August 30, 2019
Life sentence is called for in this instance.😡
People, people. She stabbed a kid in the middle of the street. She's not gonna live for a month inside prison, once their inmates found out why she's in for...— Zanzoltan (@Zanzoltanygo) August 30, 2019
If not, believe you me, she's probably gonna do the same inside prison, and get life in less than a month. She's crazy.
Yes, she should. The stabbing could have inflicted damage to the child's eye or any part of their mental facilities. 7-10 years is a cakewalk, and a luxury she does NOT deserve.— The Gaming Avengers (@GamingAvengerz) August 30, 2019
A concerned majority offered their well-wishes for the boy’s recovery.
Prayers for the boy and his family. I hope he’s young enough and that the family is able to move on, and the boy won’t be traumatized for life. Prayers for the medical team who treated him. ♥️🙏🏻 ♥️— tpixie (@tpixi) August 30, 2019
Thank the lord she was caught.— Cami (@CamiP934) August 31, 2019
The boy’s parents said they have never seen the woman before.
And now that she is in custody, it is less likely the family will ever see her again.
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