Woman accused of attacking autistic son with saw
by KEVIN LEWIS, ABC7 News
Kristina Petrie. (Montgomery County Police Department)
ASPEN HILL, Md. (WJLA) - A mother claims her son with autism required so much care and attention, she felt it best to slice off his head with a bow saw, Montgomery County police allege in a recently filed criminal charging affidavit obtained by ABC7.
Authorities have charged Kristina Petrie, 46, of Aspen Hill, Maryland, with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and second-degree child abuse.
As police explain it, on Monday, March 12, an 11-year-old boy returned home from school to find his younger brother crying on the family sofa. His mother, Petrie, was nearby, bouncing in between bouts of laughter and tears.
The 11-year-old boy went upstairs to play video games. A short while later, Petrie reportedly appeared with a bow saw in hand, inquiring as to why her 11-year-old was not doing his homework.
According to the criminal charging affidavit, Petrie raised the razor-sharp saw and chased after her son, eventually pinning him down in a kneeling position. The 46-year-old then allegedly "jammed" the teeth of the saw against the back of her son's neck, "moving it back and forth multiple times."Read More...