BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The woman accused of stabbing her 6-week-old daughter made her court debut Tuesday.
Danielle Mailloux, 24, allegedly stabbed her baby numerous times with a "kitchen-type knife" Sunday at their home on the 1300 block of Crawford Street, Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said.
The baby's father found the injured infant and called authorities, Pruitt said.
The girl, who was eventually taken to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, is expected to survive.
Mailloux's arraignment was continued until May 26 to give her time to retain a private attorney. She will be charged with attempted murder and inflicting injury on a child.
Investigators haven't said why Mailloux allegedly stabbed her baby, and it's unknown if drugs played a role in the alleged attack. Mailloux, however, does have a history with drugs.
Eyewitness News obtained reports showing Mailloux was investigated in 2009 when she had a stillborn baby.
Bakersfield police were called at that time because of unusual circumstances surrounding the death, according to the Kern County coroner's office report. Officers questioned both the mother and father, and the autopsy showed the infant died because of drug exposure through the womb.
The stillborn baby had methamphetamine in its system, but the Kern County District Attorney's Office determined the death did not meet the legal definition of murder of a fetus.
Mailloux was never charged with that baby's death.