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Buffalo mom sentenced for stabbing her 6-year-old child

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 01:12:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo mom has been sentenced to five years probation for stabbing her child.

34-year-old Zakiyyah Wolfford stabbed her 6-year old child in their apartment on Purdy Street in Buffalo in October 2019.

Wolfford pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree in February.

She has been sentenced to five years probation, and State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns issued an eight year order of protection on behalf of the victim.

Some questioned whether the punishment fits the crime.

According to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, he thinks the sentence is fair.

" It’s not just mom stabbed her son period. It’s mom stabbed her son during a mental breakdown," Flynn explained.

Flynn said Wolfford was deemed fit to stand trial,but she suffers from severe mental health issues, and Flynn said spending time in prison wouldn’t have given her the help she needs.

"Ms. Wolfford needs mental health counseling and mental health treatment and she’s going to get that now," he said.

Justice Burns declined to comment on the sentence.

The boy was stabbed eight times, and has made a full recovery. His father now has full custody.

According to Flynn, Wolfford is living with a family friend who is making sure she continues her mental health treatments.