Sara Vae Boles, a 36-year-old Michigan woman, is in police custody after authorities said she tried to kill her two young children on New Year’s Day.
Boles was arrested after police allegedly found her kneeling over her 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son in the bathroom of their home. Officials believe she slit their throats with a knife, according to reports.
The children were admitted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The 3-year-old was treated for her injuries and released, while her little brother remains in the hospital, reports added.
Boles was taken into custody after a brief struggle with responding officers, police said. She has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Inkster Mom Allegedly Tries to Kill Children
According to a local report, police arrived at Boles home in Inkster, just west of Detroit, on the morning of Jan. 1 to perform a welfare check on the 36-year-old mom and her two children.
On arrival, authorities said they heard the sounds of a child in distress. The officers forced their way inside to find Boles and both kids in the bathroom. Police said she was kneeling over the toddlers, both of whom were bleeding badly reportedly had lacerations across their necks and throats.
A bloody kitchen knife was recovered from the bathtub, authorities told The Detroit News.
A struggle ensued when Boles allegedly resisted arrest. She was quickly taken into custody, while her children were rushed to the local hospital for emergency treatment.
They arrived in critical condition, though Boles’ 3-year-old daughter was reportedly treated there and later released.
Her 1-year-old son — who was unconscious when police arrived — was soon after airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit for treatment by trauma specialists. According to one source, he remains there and in critical condition as of Wednesday.
Authorities have not release the names of either of Boles’ children, and it is not clear what prompted police to perform a welfare check at her home on the day of her arrest.
Sara Vae Boles Faces Felony Charges
The Inkster mom was booked into the city lockup on New Year’s Day.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Boles is charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of first-degree child abuse, and one count of resisting arrest and obstructing officers.
The 36-year-old was arraigned in 22nd District Court on Tuesday before Judge Sabrina Johnson, who set her bond at $100,000. Boles has not posted bail and remains in custody as of Wednesday, but Judge Johnson ordered that she wear an electronic ankle monitor if released.
The assault with intent charges and the child abuse counts are all felonies under Michigan law. If convicted, Boles faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars for each count, according to legal sources.
On the charge of resisting arrest, local prosecutors can only charge Boles with a misdemeanor, under state criminal statutes.
The Michigan mom is due back before Judge Johnson early morning on Jan. 12 for a probable cause hearing, when the court is expected to appoint an attorney for Bole , according to the News.
Neither the Inkster Police Department nor the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office have responded to requests for comment from multiple outlets. Authorities have not identified a motive in the alleged attack.