Crime

Gulfport Police: Woman admitted she tried to kill her child, herself

Nomatter Gava-Hudson
Nomatter Gava-Hudson

GULFPORT -- A woman accused of stabbing her 3-year-old son several times at Jones Park told police she tried to kill him and was going to kill herself, a detective's sworn statement said.

Nomatter Gava-Hudson, 26, remains jailed on an attempted murder charge from an assault reported Monday night at Jones Park.

The boy is still receiving treatment at a Mobile hospital, police said Friday.

Court documents don't give a motive and police haven't released further details.

The boy initially was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. He was flown to a Mobile hospital about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police had detained Jabari Hudson, who told them he saw his wife stab their child, the court document said. The father was questioned and was released.

A passer-by who happened to be at Jones Park about 10:53 p.m. Monday told the Sun Herald he heard the couple arguing and the man began screaming for help, saying his wife had stabbed their child with a butcher knife.

The passer-by offered emergency medical help and called 911.

"Had it not been for that guy, the child could have died," said Harrison County prosecutor Herman Cox.

The passer-by is Sgt. Devon Stachowiak, a combat engineer in the Army National Guard. Stachowiak told the Sun Herald he didn't want to come across as a hero, and gave credit to Gulfport Police for their fast response.

Stachowiak said the child had a two-inch gash above his belly-button and cuts near his collar-bone and on his hip.

Gava-Hudson is held at the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong.

Cox said a preliminary hearing probably won't be held until Oct. 28.

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