DALLAS — A one-year-old girl whose throat had been slashed Monday was revived from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday, and doctors are optimistic about her recovery.
Police said Mariah Busby had been assaulted by her own mother, and new details of the alleged crime have now been released in police documents.
An affidavit states that when police arrived at the home of 32-year-old Danielle Busby on Monday morning, she was holding Mariah in her arms and her shirt was "drenched in blood." Officers noticed a stab wound in the baby's neck.
Investigators later "found a bloody steak knife" near a pool of blood in Busby's bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Mariah and her mother were alone in the home when this happened. The family said they were aware that Danielle Busby had problems, but didn't think she would try to kill her baby.
Busby is a graduate of SMU and had been a missionary, but her life spiraled out of control. She was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her family said they tried to get her help.
Mariah is expected to survive the attack, and family members said they observed major progress in her recovery.
"Doctors say that she's going to recover fully from this," said Rhonda Choice, the baby's aunt. "Just this morning they took her out of the coma and her big brown eyes were open, and she smiled at us."
Late Tuesday afternoon, Child Protective Services filed a motion in a Dallas courtroom seeking temporary custody of Mariah. There will be a hearing in the next 10-14 days to determine where the baby will go.
When additional documents are released, we hope to find out how much CPS knew about Busby's medical history and her mental capacity. The agency has thus far declined to answer those questions.