Fla. mom charged in stabbing of sons

March 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

LAKE MARY, Fla., March 4 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said they arrested a woman who allegedly failed to protect her two sons as her husband allegedly stabbed them last month.

Deanna DeJesus, 37, was picked up Friday in Seminole County and will be moved to Broward County to face aggravated manslaughter and neglect charges in the death of her eldest son and serious injury of her other boy.

The two children were allegedly stabbed by their father, William DeJesus, during a standoff with police at a Deerfield recreational vehicle park in early February. Broward County prosecutors said Mrs. DeJesus basically stood by during the stabbings rather than intervene and only protested he turned his violence on her.

"The attack did not take place in a split second," said Broward County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dani Moschella told the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. "She had plenty of time to protect her children from their attacker."

Moschella told the newspaper Deanna DeJesus gave a statement to deputies after her arrest but did not disclose what she said.

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