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No bail for Dunedin woman held in son's stabbing

The woman accused of stabbing her teenage son at a doctor's office Saturday remained held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail after appearing in court Sunday morning.

Celeste Minardi faces attempted murder and concealed weapons charges.

Largo police said Minardi, 55, of Dunedin, repeatedly stabbed her 15-year-old son, Bradley Driscoll, during a supervised visitation at the office of Dr. Ronald Knaus, 1301 Seminole Blvd.

Neither Minardi nor Driscoll was being treated by any doctor at the Largo office, police said. Instead, the mother and son were using the office as a neutral site for visitation.

Bradley, a student at St. Petersburg High, is the son of longtime Gulfport city attorney Timothy Driscoll, who was married to Minardi from 1984 to 2005.

A divorce decree shows Driscoll got custody of Bradley, and Minardi was allowed supervised visits.

Court records show a protracted court battle including an allegation of domestic violence against Driscoll in August 2004. Within days of that accusation, Driscoll filed for divorce.

Bradley Driscoll was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg on Saturday with life-threatening injuries that included a stab wound to his abdomen and cuts to his face and neck. Police said that Minardi used an ornamental dagger and a drywall knife during the attack.

A hospital spokesman would not release information on Bradley's condition Sunday evening.

Rita Farlow can be reached at (727) 445-4162 or farlow@sptimes.com.

No bail for Dunedin woman held in son's stabbing 03/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 28, 2008 7:48am]
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