A Northern California mother, 45-year-old Kimberly Felder, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse, and aggravated mayhem. She was at a crowded beach with her daughter. She stripped the child down and attacked her with sand.
The child will likely need reconstructive surgery on her ear. The mother told the sheriff that she was trying to rid the child of demons.
A local resident, John Marciel, was able to separate the mother from the child. He likely saved the child’s life. The sheriff’s office said:
“If it were not for the intervention and heroic actions of John Marciel, it is very likely that the child would have been killed by Felder.”
“The worst thing was when we got the child away and into the sheriff’s truck, she said people drove by and nobody stopped.”
“When you see something like this, it shakes your foundation and faith in people.”
Marciel also said that Felder questioned his faith while he was fighting with her.
Felder took a toxicology test to determine if she was on something, but the results haven’t come back yet. I’m thinking there will be something in her system.
The saddest part is that the assault was witnessed by a crowd of 10 to 12 people. Marciel was the only one to intervene. Marciel may be recognized by the Red Cross with a Lifesaver Award.
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