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June 16, 2014

Mom to face jurors in stabbing

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A Stratford woman has been ordered to face a jury on the formal allegation she used a kitchen knife to stab her own son last summer.

The order came as 28-year-old Adah Wise sat quietly listening to testimony during a hearing Thursday afternoon in a Garvin County District courtroom.

Facing a felony count of child abuse, a judge’s order to bind Wise over to a jury trial came after testimony from two state witnesses.

Both a Stratford police officer and paramedic said Wise’s son, who was 8 years old during the incident late last summer, told them his mother had stabbed him.

Stratford officer Adam McMillen said he got two different stories from Wise on how the stabbing occurred.

At first she claimed it was an accident, while later the same day Wise made a statement leading the officer to believe her failure to take medications could have led to a burst of emotions and the stabbing.

McMillen was responding to the call for an ambulance at a Stratford residence back on Aug. 24, 2013 when he was met by Wise and her mother Mary.

“Mary advised me we needed an ambulance to take Adah so she could get mental health help,” McMillen testified.

The officer added the defendant did say she had stabbed her son but it came when she accidentally fell on the boy as she held a kitchen knife

At first Wise claimed to be in the apartment’s kitchen cooking hot dogs.

“She informed me the kids were misbehaving so she turned to correct them. When she turned she fell over on top of her son,” he said.

Later while at an Ada hospital the officer said Wise offered up a different story.

According to McMillen, Wise admitted to not taking her prescription medication for a mental health condition and she got angry at the child, resulting in the stabbing.

“She said she had a problem with PTSD,” the officer said about what could be a stress related disorder.

“She advised she had lashed out at her son.”

Later that same day the officer spoke to Wise’s son.

“He advised his momma had ‘cut me, momma cut me,’” McMillen said from the witness stand.

Lori Morris, a Stratford paramedic, testified the boy’s stab wounds to his chest and thigh had already been cleaned when she arrived that day.

“He was very guarded and didn’t want us to touch him,” Morris said.

“He informed us his mother tried to kill him.”

A date for Wise’s jury trial could come during a formal arraignment expected next month.

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