Young Mother Sentenced to Prison for Stabbing 3-Year-Old During Domestic Dispute

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Michelle Betancourt began to tear up at the judge told her she would have to remain 100 yards from her sone and boyfriend during a court hearing on May 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 23-year-old mother was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for stabbing her toddler son during a domestic dispute involving the boy’s father at the family’s home in Cudahy.

Michelle Betancourt pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon in the 2015 assault, which left her 3-year-old son in critical condition with a stab wound to his upper torso, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

Children's toys could be seen outside a home where a 3-year-old boy was stabbed on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Children’s toys could be seen outside a home where a 3-year-old boy was stabbed on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Betancourt also admitted to a special allegation that she personally inflicted great bodily injury during the commission of the crime, the release stated.

At the time of her arrest, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant said the stabbing was intentional, but Betancourt’s attorney argued that there was no intent.

“This is part of a family tragedy. … There’s a lot of things that are going on,” Bruce Karey said outside court. “There was no intent to harm the child at all.”

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