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Relative reported seeing knives, bloody scene after mother tried to kill daughter, police say

Man told authorities that lock to house had been changed

The father of a Wheaton woman accused of trying to kill her 3-year-old daughter told police that he found a bloody scene, with knives on top of a kitchen counter.

Anne Catherine Akers, 28, was charged on March 27 with trying to kill her daughter. Police said officers found the girl with life-threatening neck injuries and a pair of scissors on the floor of a home on Hathaway Drive.

Police said officers responded to the home after a resident reported seeing blood on the floor.

According to charging documents, Akers’ father, Paulo Santos, told detectives that he and his wife went on a trip on March 23 and returned to the home on March 27 at around 2 a.m. Santos told police that when he tried to get into the house, his key didn’t work because the lock had been changed.

Santos called police, and when an officer got to the scene, both saw Akers inside, who turned off the lights, according to documents.

Santos left with his wife and came back to the home around 9 a.m. He told detectives that he called a locksmith after he knocked on the front door and no one answered.

Santos told police that when he got into the home about an hour later, he found what he thought was blood on the floor and saw that knives placed on kitchen counters. Additionally, “professional style salon scissors” were in the hallway, he told detectives.

Santos called police and told them he did not see his daughter or granddaughter, although he knew both were home, documents state.

According to documents, body camera footage shows officers in the home later that day, calling to Akers, but she didn’t respond. When officers went into the 3-year-old girl’s bedroom, they found Akers on the floor with a blanket in her lap. When officers removed the blanket, they found the girl with a neck laceration.

Additionally, officers found a small mattress in the bedroom with a red stain they think was blood.

Police arrested Akers and charged her with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree child abuse and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

The girl was taken to two hospitals. Police said that if not for immediate care, she would have died.

Akers could not be reached for comment Thursday. She is due in court April 23 for a preliminary hearing, according to court records. Attorney information was not listed.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com