2 children stabbed in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, mother facing charges

PITTSBURGH — A woman is facing charges in connection with the stabbing of two children in the Hill District at dawn on Friday.

Sydnie Jefferson, 29, is the mother of the children who were stabbed.

According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson admitted to police that she had stabbed both boys with a kitchen knife while they were in bed. The complaint says that one of the boys was asleep at the start of the stabbing.

A school van driver who was in the right place at the right time drove the boy and his father to a police station after the father ran onto the bus clinging to his son and begging for help. The driver was at the end of his route to get the kids to school.

Neighbors said that once the father was at Zone 2 getting help, he went running back to the house and said there were more kids. In that house, officers found a 7-year-old boy with stab wounds at the Dinwiddie Street home.

Police say that Jefferson called 911 to turn herself in. She’s facing attempted homicide charges, as well as aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Channel 11 News talked to her lawyer at Police Headquarters, who says she has the support of her family, and they’re going to make sure she gets the help she needs.

“The first step is to get some evaluations taken care of,” lawyer Blaine Jones said.

Glenn Ramsey, the van driver, says if he wasn’t there at the time, this could have been a very different ending.

“In a heartbeat, I’d do it again. I wouldn’t think twice, I didn’t think twice,” Ramsey said.

“I don’t know what her mental state was at the time. I really can’t say what happened. Only thing I know is that she stabbed her kids,” said Chrissy Griffin, who is the victim’s aunt.

As police ask questions to determine what happened, this family is turning their attention to the little kids.

“My family is hurt. My family is confused. My family is sad. My family wished we could have done more or maybe knew that they needed more help. It’s not like pointing fingers right now. It’s just praying for our nieces and nephews,” Griffin said.

Pittsburgh Public Schools told Channel 11 counseling is being offered to the kids on the van.

At last check, those two little boys were listed in critical but stable condition at the hospital.

Two other children, ages two and four, were also in the house at the time of the stabbing, but not hurt.