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Stabbed Modesto boy, 13, getting better

DEBBIE NODA/dnoda@modbee.com
Miles Hankins was found Sunday evening with multiple wounds and his feet bound by rope and remains in critical condition.
DEBBIE NODA/dnoda@modbee.com Miles Hankins was found Sunday evening with multiple wounds and his feet bound by rope and remains in critical condition. Modesto Bee

The 13-year-old autistic Modesto boy who police say was stabbed multiple times by his mother has been moved to a children's hospital and continues to improve.

His mother was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, but that was postponed because she remains under observation at the Public Safety Center.

The center typically does not transport inmates who are under observation.

Anitra Hankins, 36, could be arraigned this week once she is cleared to be taken to and from court.

Sheriff's Capt. Tim Beck said that, because of privacy concerns, the Sheriff's Department will not discuss why an inmate is placed under observation.

He said there can be a number of reasons, but added that typically an inmate may be placed under observation because of illness or a mental health concern.

Police arrested Hankins on suspicion of attempted murder and torture, but she has been charged with attempted murder with the enhancements of premeditation with the intent to inflict great bodily injury and that she used a deadly weapon, a knife, in the attack, said an official with the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Hankins called 911 Sunday evening to report that her son, Miles, was hurt. She refused to provide further details.

When officers arrived, they found Miles had been stabbed multiple times. He was lying in the hallway of his and his mother's apartment with his feet bound with rope.

Hankins' arrest has shocked and saddened friends, family and her neighbors at Ashwood Village Apartments. She has been described as a loving single mother who devoted her life to her son.

Miles was taken Sunday night to a Modesto hospital where he underwent several hours of surgery. Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz said Tuesday that Miles has been moved to a children's hospital outside of Stanislaus County and he continues to improve.

Armendariz declined to identify the facility because Child Protective Services has taken charge of the boy's care.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or 578-2316.

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