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Modesto Mom Arrested In Stabbing Of Autistic Son

A mother has been arrested on attempted murder and torture charges after, police say, she stabbed her autistic son multiple times Sunday night in their Modesto apartment.

Modesto Police Sgt. Rick Armanderez said 13-year-old Miles Hankins was severely wounded in the attack on the 2800 block of West Rumble Road just after 6 p.m.

Police say they found Miles in the hallway of the Modesto apartment, covered in blood, his legs tied together with rope, stabbed several times.

The boy's mother, Anitra Hankins, was taken into custody. Hankins appeared to be a state of shock and was not fully cooperating with police.

"There's cops with their guns draw talking to the lady upstairs. She was covered in blood," said next-door neighbor Christopher Tooze. "He had stab wounds all over him, really bloody and a big stab wound in his head."

Neighbors at Ashwood Village Apartments say Anitra always seemed like a kind, devoted mother. They say she had to bathe and feed her son and give him medication daily because of his condition.

She even organized prayer meetings for Miles at the complex before he went through a dozen surgeries in late May.

"I can't give you a number but 50 to 60 people were in that room praying for his recovery, praying for his survival from these supposedly fatal surgeries," said neighbor Chris Leon.

Miles underwent surgery Sunday night. He is now listed in critical but stable condition.

Anitra Hankins is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail on attempted murder and torture charges. Her bail has been set at $500,000.

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Added: Sep-29-2010 Occurred On: Sep-27-2010
By: Zipper10
Tags: Autistic, son, mother, stabs, tortures, Modesto, Ca.
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