Modesto Mom Arrested In Autistic Son's Stabbing
MODESTO, Calif. -- A Modesto mom has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and torture after a stabbing that left her 13-year-old autistic son in critical condition.
Miles Hankins was stabbed several times. He underwent surgery overnight.
The boy's mother, 36-year-old Anitra Ladonna Hankins, called 911 at about 6 p.m. Sunday to say her son had been hurt.
The mother was booked into jail, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department records. Her bail was set at $500,000.
Witnesses said the boy and his mother live together at Ashwood Village Apartments at 2800 W. Rumble Road. The mother cares for her son around the clock.
Anitra Hankins had worked with a group that helps people with disabilities, but she left her position to spend more time with her son.
Neighbors said she passed out fliers to the neighborhood earlier this year asking for prayers as her son underwent surgeries.
Christopher Tooze, who sometimes babysits the boy, called the stabbing "heartbreaking."
"He's such a sweet kid," Tooze said.
Candles and flowers were left outside of the complex where the mother and son live.
According to court records, Anitra Hankins filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005. She claimed $53,000 in debt. The case closed in 2006.