GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A mother is accused of stabbing her son in a Gulfport park, and a man who witnessed it says he was in the right place at the right time.
Devon Stachowiack regularly rides his motorcycle through Jones Park at night, but on Monday night his ride was anything but regular.
"My bike was parked where the white SUV was, and I walked forward and both of the people were grappling right here," said Stachowiack.
Stachowiack says he saw a man holding a woman down. The woman was complaining that something had happened to her baby. Stachowiack says he then looked over and saw a child stumbling toward him with what appeared to be stab wounds.
"The car was right here. There was a bloody blanket that was here and I laid him down, just started using CLS on him, like a mild version of it trying to take care of him," said Stachowiack.
According to Sgt. Damon McDaniel with the Gulfport Police Department, they arrived on the scene around 11:00 pm, and arrested 26-year-old Nomatter Gava-Hudson, who has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing her 3-year-old child three times in the abdomen.
Gava-Hudson is being held in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on $1 million bond.
"AMR was summoned to the scene and later transported the child to an area hospital for treatment of stab wounds. The child was later flown to a Mobile area hospital," said Sgt. McDaniel.
Stachowiack says he was confused about what was going on, but he knew the child desperately needed attention.
"I was absolutely terrified about what was going on. For the most part I was worried that the kid was going to die," said Stachowiack.
Sgt. McDaniel says the suspect was arrested without incident, but the crime is still under investigation.
"We don't have any further information as to what led to this stabbing, whether it was an argument or anything like that. We just know that the stabbing did occur. We did speak to the father on scene," said Sgt. McDaniel.
Nomatter Gava-Hudson is expected to make her initial appearance in a Harrison Court on Monday.