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Mother Stabs Young Son, Self in Hollywood Home

Police find woman, 3-year-old with stab wounds in Hollywood home

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    Mother Stabs Child, Self

    A mother stabs her 3-year-old son then stabs herself in Hollywood. (Published Friday, Aug. 13, 2010)

    A mother and her young child were hospitalized in Hollywood Thursday after the despondent mother tried to slit the toddler's throat then turned the knife on herself, police said.

    Police responded to the family's home on the 6100 block of Cleveland St. around 9 a.m. where they found the woman and her 3-year-old boy both suffering from serious stab wounds.

    Both were rushed to nearby hospitals, the mother to Memorial Regional and the boy to Joe DiMaggio Children's, reportedly in critical condition.

    Police said the woman, identified as 48-year-old Mirtha Arias, was involved in custody battle with the child's father, who lives in Pennsylvania.

    A third person, Arias' 14-year-old son, was also in the home at the time.