Trigger warning: child injury, violence
A Georgian woman, Tamar Sadzaglishvili, who approached a three-year-old boy and stabbed him in the face on the street, has been remanded in custody by a court in Tbilisi. The events, which unfolded on August 27, were captured on video and shocked the Eurasian nation of nearly four million inhabitants.
According to her lawyer Alexi Gabunia, the 51-year-old woman, who was charged with intentional infliction of serious bodily injuries to a minor and with attempting to cause serious injury to another minor, suffers from schizophrenia. She could face seven to 10 years in prison. A hearing has been set for October 23.
The three-year-old victim required surgery but is reportedly out of danger. According to Natia Vasadze, a maxillofacial surgeon at he Tbilisi Givi Zhvania Pediatric Academic Clinic, the child, who suffered fairly deep wounds in the area around the nose and the right cheek, has since been discharged from the clinic.
The day before the attack, she seemed tired and depressed, Sadzaglishvili’s neighbors told the media. She was asked if she needed assistance but declined any help. Local residents added that she was a calm and polite woman who often cared for homeless animals.
For those asking for an update on the child stabbing in Tbilisi, Georgia:— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) September 1, 2019
51-year-old Tamar Sadzaglishvili has been charged with the assault, yesterday she was remanded in custody by a court prior to her trial because of the ‘threat she poses to society.’
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However, the woman’s mother, Manana Chkhikvadze, said that she had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital two years ago after displaying aggressive behavior. Initially, she was diagnosed with manic depressive psychosis, though later doctors said she had schizophrenia. After returning home, she continued to receive medical treatment from a psychiatrist.
Despite being on medication, she had reportedly stopped taking her pills. The night after she attacked the child, she mentioned to her mother that she was alone but fine. According to Gabunia, Sadzaglishvili is waiting to be evaluated by a psychiatrist who will determine if she is mentally fit. Meanwhile, it is yet be determined if the viral video that showed the attack will be admitted as evidence in her trial.
“This is a tragedy not only for that child and his parents but for the whole society and Sadzaglishvili herself as well. To some extent, she is a victim too,” Gabunia said.
Meanwhile, Manana Sharashidze, the woman's psychiatrist, says that the government needs to provide more assistance to people with mental health problems and places blame for the incident on the ministry of health and social affairs of Georgia.