Modesto woman accused of stabbing son arraigned

A Stanislaus County judge this afternoon arraigned the Modesto mother accused of trying to stab her 13-year-old autistic son to death.

Anitra Ladonna Hankins, 36, was formally charged with premeditated attempted murder and the enhancements of inflicting great bodily injury upon her son using a knife. She did not enter a plea to the charges.

Hankins’ son, Miles, is in stable condition at a children’s hospital, Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz said Wednesday

"We are very relieved that at this point, the victim has survived his injuries," Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees said.

Hankins answered several of Judge Dawna Reeves’ questions and said she understood the charges lodged against her. But she fell silent when asked repeatedly by Reeves if she could afford her own attorney.

“I’ll take that as a no,” Reeves said, appointing an attorney to represent her.

Hankins called 911 Sunday evening to report that 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 West Rumble Road apartment with his feet bound with rope.

Miles was taken to a Modesto hospital where he underwent several hours of surgery.

Hankins remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on $580,000 bail.

Hankins also was arrested on suspicion of torture, but the district attorney's office did not seek that charge because a prosecutor must prove Hankins committed the acts for the purpose of revenge, extortion, or other sadistic purpose.

She remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on $580,000 bail.

Hankins will be back in court Oct. 5 for a pre-trial hearing.

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