A Philadelphia woman and her 1-year-old baby girl are alive today because their next-door neighbor stopped a knife-wielding attacker from slicing them up early Sunday morning.
The neighbor heard the woman screaming during what police are calling a domestic dispute and ran over to see if she could help. She found the attacker standing over 37-year-old Danecia Burton, stabbing her.
"I heard her screaming, screaming, so it woke me up out of my sleep to the point that I fell off the bed. I went over there and I knocked on the door, and I see him through the window standing over her, slicing her up."The next door neighbor said she was the one who called police at 12:30 after becoming concerned when she heard the domestic dispute escalate in intensity.
"I knocked on the door, asked her, 'Is everything OK?' She told me no, and I asked her did she need me to call the cops. She said yes, she let me in, and when she let me in, she was leaning against the wall with her arm sliced up, and all I could do was find some paper towels to stop the bleeding."The man jumped into a burgundy Nissan Altima and sped off, while the woman and her baby were rushed to a nearby hospital.
The child was later transferred to a children's hospital and the two remain in critical condition.
Police have yet to make any arrests, but describe the suspect as a "known male."
The mother and baby girl had just moved into this quiet neighborhood and residents said they kept to themselves and maintained a low profile until Saturday night's shocking crime.In April, a mom abandoned her 21-year-old quadriplegic son in the woods so she could visit her lover. The boy, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, was left in the woods with a wheelchair and a bible, but was rescued five days later after passerbys saw him lying about 100 yards into the woods.
Later that month, another Philadelphia mom was charged with false imprisonment after locking her four children in the basement without food or water for 14 hours. Neighbors were shocked at the turn of events and described the mother as a loving and caring guardian.
Philadelphia continues to struggle with a high crime rate and researchers have started to blame the some 25,000 abandoned buildings as the cause.
The city has started to force real estate owners to repair their abandoned buildings, and it has started to reduce crime.
Whether or not it will be enough to make 37-year-old mother Danecia Burton feel safe again remains to be seen.
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