An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured after police say a woman stabbed her in the head on Friday in Collingdale, Delaware County.
Majeah Bashir, 21, was arraigned around 7 a.m. Saturday. Her bail was set at $250,000.
She is facing multiple charges, including criminal attempted homicide, simple assault, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of another person.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 28.
Bashir had nothing to say Friday night, and all of sudden felt the need to cover her face after what police say she did.
“Sick! I don’t care what you’re arguing about, what you’re fighting about. You got a baby in between you or a baby in the mix and you’re gonna pull a butcher knife out,” said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.
It all began just before 4 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of MacDade Boulevard. An eerie, purplish light glowed from the second floor where the horrific chaos broke out. An argument between neighbors. Police say apparently the suspect was not happy with how her neighbor’s daughter – the 8-year-old victim – was babysitting her toddler.
“There was some kind of confrontation over, I guess, her babysitting skills or whatever, and then an argument ensued,” said Adams.
Matthew Geepue, a neighbor who lives downstairs, says he was sleep and woke to a nightmare.
“I just heard a cry, ‘Oh! She stabbed the girl, she stabbed the girl with a knife!’ ” said Geepue.
Police arrived on the scene to find a man holding the girl outside with a towel wrapped around her head.
“She had about a 4-inch gash in this area of the head. It’s quite deep and quite wide,” said Adams.
Officers rushed the child to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. She was ultimately transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Neighbors who did not want to speak on camera say police were called to the suspect’s apartment so many times in the past, they practically lived there. And recently they say she was chasing her boyfriend down the street with a hammer in the middle of a snowstorm.
Police had to pull neighbors and the victim’s family away, who were trying to get their hands on the suspect.
The chief says he just wants justice.
“She deserves everything she gets,” said Adams.
The suspect in the stabbing of an 8-year-old in the head Friday has been arraigned on $250,000 and was sent to county jail after not initially posting bail.
Majeah Bashir, 32, allegedly stabbed the little girl, causing a large gash along her hairline, during an argument about babysitting, police said. She is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
She allegedly attacked the second-grader in an apartment building hallway in Collingdale, Delaware County, in front of several other children.
Officer arrived Friday afternoon at an apartment along the 500 block of MacDade Boulevard and found a man carrying a young girl who was bleeding from the head.
The man, who was working nearby, heard screams coming from the apartment.
Investigators said that during an argument, Bashir allegedly stabbed the girl in the head with a butcher knife.
Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said there was blood all over her hands and arms. The whole thing played out in front of the girl’s siblings and other children, “They were right in the mix of all this,” he said.
The second-grader was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital then transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for further treatment.
Adams said the gash on her head was about 4 inches, but the girl was alert, talking, and expected to be fine. He credited the quick reaction of the man who carried the girl out, as well as the quick reaction of his officers in getting the girl to the hospital.
Adams said there has recently been some “bad blood” between the Bashir family and the girl’s family, who lives on the first floor.
Bashir faces attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges, according to the Chief.
Her arraignment is expected to be some time next week.