Update: Mom held in child's stabbing could be deported

Nomatter Gava-Hudson
Nomatter Gava-Hudson

GULFPORT -- A woman accused of stabbing her 3-year-old boy at Jones Park could be deported if she's convicted of attempted murder.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on Nomatter Gava-Hudson, 26, of Biloxi.

She is a Zimbabwe native, a related document said.

Gava-Hudson has been held at the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond since her arrest Oct. 6. She is accused of stabbing her son three times the night before as her husband screamed for help. A passerby offered emergency medical aid and called 911.

After her arrest, ICE asked the jail to hold her pending resolution of the criminal charge.

The document to detain her said she has "no immigration status" and could be "subject to removal," jail Warden Evan Hubbard said.

A search of federal court records Tuesday did not show a case filed in her name.

However, an ICE spokesman confirmed she faces a review of her immigration status.

An immigration detainer requires a local jail to hold an immigrant with a pending felony until the criminal case is resolved, ICE spokesman Bryan D. Cox said. The person is then turned over to ICE for further review.

A criminal charge must be resolved before an immigration matter is resolved.

Attempted murder is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

A detainer, Cox said, is the first step in initiating an immigration review and does not mean a detained person will be removed from the United States.

However, ICE policies recommend the removal of immigrants convicted of a felony even if they were in the U.S. with proper authorization.

No details have been released on how Gava-Hudson was authorized to live in the United States.

Immigration cases are handled by the Justice Department in immigration courts around the nation. The immigration court that handles most cases from South Mississippi is in New Orleans.

Gava-Hudson reportedly stabbed her son three times shortly before 11 p.m. at the beachfront park in Gulfport. The boy has been receiving treatment at a Mobile hospital.

A criminal complaint signed by the lead investigator said she told police she had tried to kill her child and planned to kill herself.

A passerby, a combat engineer in the Army National Guard, told the Sun Herald he heard a couple arguing and the man was screaming for help, saying the child's mother had stabbed their baby in the stomach.

She was formally charged with attempted murder in an initial court appearance at the jail courtroom Tuesday. She filled out a request for a court-appointed attorney, Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox said.

Her preliminary hearing could be held Oct. 28 or Nov 4. Prosecutors and judges each have state conferences, which will delay preliminary hearings in Harrison County Justice Court, Cox said.