1-Year-Old Dallas Child Cut By Knife, Mother Arrested

danielle busby 1 Year Old Dallas Child Cut By Knife, Mother Arrested

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas mother accused of the unimaginable: cutting her own child’s neck, and then calling police to report it. It happened Monday morning in northeast Dallas, and the child is expected to recover.

The mother had been the subject of police mental health calls before, but investigators tell CBS 11 News no crime had ever been committed — until that all changed Monday.

“I don’t know really what caused her to go into this rage,” the suspect’s grandfather, Rev. Leonard Ransom, said bewildered.

Ransom said he’d seen no warning signs and heard nothing until police appeared at this door.  His granddaughter, Danielle Busby, lives on the other side of the duplex with her one-year-old baby girl.

Busby called 911 Monday morning. She told the dispatcher she’d hurt her daughter.  First responders sent the child to the hospital while police determined Busby had indeed wounded her child.

“It was of a nature to give the officers the impression that she was responsible for the child being hurt,” explained Dallas police Sgt. David Burroughs.

The child, who police are not identifying, went to Children’s Hospital in Dallas, with a neck wound and is expected to recover.

Police later confirmed there had been earlier calls to the address — a mental health call in 2003 and another in June of 2010. Dallas police Dep. Chief Sherryl Scott said the latter call as unusual. “During this call the officers discovered the suspect had been running down the street not fully clothed,” she said.

Then, one week ago there was a third call, this time from a relative who was worried about Busby’s mental health.

While Dep. Chief Scott said officers are trained to know what to look for, prior behavior doesn’t guarantee anything.

“We do not necessarily… just because someone in the past had as problem take them into custody.”

CBS 11 News spoke with several neighbors, who didn’t want to appear on camera, but they said me the family is a “great family,” in their words, very supportive of their own family members and of friends.

Busby faces a charge of injury to a child, serious bodily injury.

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  • susan

    read the article in the dallas morning news..much more informative..the poor baby had her throat cut,cutting her larynx…the police came out a week earlier at the request of the womans sister,did nothing and told her to call cps..now ther baby is in the hospital…

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  • Shonda

    I think when the family called for help the first time the baby should have been took out of the household even if it was a few days just so the mother could have been checked out at the hospital the police r not doctors and the way the mother had been acting this mother was crying out for help she was a threat to herself and anybody around her and her family was crying out for help as well and nobody listened and u see how everything ended up the baby half dead but by the Grace Of God this baby made it now this baby will go thur life with a mark for life and wondering what did i do for my mother to do something to me this bad noboby helps til it’s deadly i think the police dept. was wrong when they were informed on everything that was going on this baby should have been removed ASAP and would be at home with a loving grandmother or aunt may God be with this family and u must remember God is good even in sorrow

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