SEATTLE — Police say a homeless woman randomly stabbed a mother walking her infant son in a stroller in West Seattle.
The attack happened during the day Monday along 41st Avenue SW.
During the terrifying attack, the mom pushed the stroller away from her in an attempt to save her infant.
Court documents say that Kierra Ward came up from behind and began slashing and stabbing at the victim with a large butcher knife. The victim suffered cuts to her face, head and hand.
Q13 News spoke to a witness who did not want to be identified who says the victim ended up in her front yard.
“She had blood all over her face and kind of like her on hand. She said, 'Call 911, I have a baby!' She said she was stabbed and she could see her bones through her hand,” one witness said.
Police say neighbors intervened during the attack. One man who was in the neighborhood put himself in between the attacker and the mother -- and told the mother to run.
Another neighbor took the baby inside to safety.
The witness says the incident may be isolated for her neighborhood but she feels it highlights the growing homeless crisis across Seattle as well as the lack of resources for the mentally ill.
Several neighbors say they have seen Ward sleeping on benches in Hiawatha Park prior to the attack.
Ward was arrested and charged with first-degree assault; she will be arraigned October 26.