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"My Mom Stabbed Me"

Posted Oct 02 2008 6:16pm

Police in Largo, Florida reported that a mother stabbed and critically wounded her 15-year old son at a local psychiatrist's office on March 22. Celeste Grace Minardi, 51, had been attending supervised visits with her son for the past three years and there was no previous indication of potential danger. The attack occurred at 10:00 am in the office of Ronald Knauss and Associates while the mother was sitting with her son under a nurse's supervision. Without warning, Minardi pulled two long knives from her purse and began stabbing her son. After receiving gashes in his lower abdomen, neck and face, the boy (his name has not been released) managed to get away before collapsing in the lobby. Police reported that the boy was able to say "My mom stabbed me. I don't ever want to see her again" before being taken to hospital. He received emergency surgery at Bayfront Medical Center and is described as being in critical condition.

Celeste Minardi is the ex-wife of attorney, Timothy Driscoll, who had custody of their son since divorcing in 2004.  She has been seeing her son in twice-monthly visits and there is no history of criminal or violent behaviour.  She would not say why she attacked her son and there is little additional information on her mental state. Police have charged her with first-degree attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

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