GULFPORT — A 31-year-old mother is accused of using a hatchet to rob and attack another mother while the victim was holding her newborn daughter, according to Gulfport police.
Cinderella Lavine brought the hatchet down on the victim's shoulder, police said, cutting her and nearly hitting the month-old infant the victim was holding.
Police also said that Lavine brought her 6-year-old daughter with her as she attacked the other mother and stole her purse.
Lavine was arrested after the Monday incident on these charges: one count of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, four counts of carrying a concealed weapon and a single count of resisting an officer without violence.
The incident took place about 4:45 p.m., Gulfport police said. The victim said Lavine followed her off a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus that had stopped at 49th Street and 23rd Avenue S.
Several witnesses saw the attack, police said. When they found Lavine nearby, police said she had a bag with her that held a hatchet, two steak knives and a claw hammer.
Lavine denied the allegations. She said the weapons were for self-defense, that some women were throwing bricks at her daughter. Lavine was arrested but later slipped a hand out of her handcuffs outside the Gulfport Police Department, police said, and tried to escape from the back of a cruiser.
Lavine, of 5306 Ninth Ave. S, was being held without bail Wednesday in the Pinellas County jail. State officials took custody of her 6-year-old daughter, police said.
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