DA: Crazed woman with knife goes after two young children in the West End
A mother used her body as a shield to try to block a woman waving a large knife at her two young children in the West End yesterday - 19 years after the woman was acquitted by reason of insanity for repeatedly stabbing another mother in a Charlestown supermarket.
Suffolk County prosecutors say that Diane Huggins, 58, approached a 35-year-old Back Bay woman and her children, 1 and 4, as the trio walked along Thoreau Path around 2 p.m. yesterday - and then began swinging a large knife at the children. According to a statement by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:
The mother told Boston Police that she spun the stroller away, placing herself between the assailant and the children. A brief physical altercation ensued in which both women went to the ground. At that moment, a passerby – later identified as a 72-year-old West End resident – intervened, disarmed Huggins, and tossed the knife away from the fracas. The man held Huggins until Boston Police arrived a few moments later.
Boston Municipal Court judge Thomas Horgan set bail at $25,000 on two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the DA's office reports.
In 1993, Huggins was arrested after she repeatedly stabbing a woman shopping with her child at the Foodmaster in the Bunker Hill Mall in Charlestown. She was found not responsible by reason of insanity for the attack, which sent the victim to the hospital with stab wounds to her face, back and chest.
That attack came eight years after she was charged with stabbing a four-year-old boy outside the Roxbury apartment building where both lived.