Kenisha Thomas

Kenisha Thomas


Baltimore City police have released the identity of the mother accused of stabbing her 8-month-old daughter during a visit to the Department of Social Services.

The attack happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said 29-year-old Kenisha Thomas was visiting her daughter, Pretty Diamond, at the Social Services location on Biddle Street when she got angry during a supervised visit, pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed the baby five times in the neck and upper body.

The infant was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she is in stable condition in the pediatric intensive care unit, police said.

According to police documents released Wednesday, Thomas does not have custody of her daughter and was at the building for a supervised visit. The social worker in the room with her told police that Thomas complained about the girl's care and said she could do a better job.

When the visit was almost over, the social worker said she reminded Thomas that her time was almost up, and Thomas said, "It's about to be over," then pulled out the knife and stabbed the girl.

Police said a few people rushed into the room. According to the documents, one co-worker attempted to distract Thomas by throwing a chair at her. That man was bitten in the hand while he tried to restrain her.

The documents said a third co-worker found the baby on the floor with the knife in her neck and took her to another room.

Several witnesses said they heard Thomas say she was going to kill the baby and that if she couldn't have her, no one could, according to the police documents.

Thomas faces various charges, including attempted first-degree murder and child abuse. Police are also working to evaluate her mental health.