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Waverly woman charged with child abuse after cutting self, child, court records show

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A Waverly woman has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse after she cut her wrists and feet in an apparent suicide attempt while her children were in the family's apartment, according to court records. 

The 34-year-old woman is also alleged to have caused a smaller laceration on her 5-year-old daughter's wrist, according to the affidavit for her arrest. 

Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies and Waverly Fire and Rescue crews responded to the family's apartment near 141st and Lancashire streets at about 11 p.m. Nov. 23 after the woman called authorities and said "someone needed to check if her heart was beating," according to the affidavit. 

First responders found the 5-year-old girl sitting in a chair with blood on her clothes and face. In a separate bedroom, deputies found the mother with lacerations to her wrists and feet, along with two bloodied pocket knives nearby.

Hospital staff later told deputies the woman was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamines.

The woman's 13-year-old child, who said the apartment hadn't been covered in blood when he went to bed at about 9 p.m., wasn't harmed in the incident. 

The children were removed from the woman's custody, and she was later charged with two counts of child abuse. 

The woman failed to appear at her initial court hearing Jan. 5, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. 

She was taken into custody and booked into the Lancaster County Jail on Saturday. 

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A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Andrew Wegley joined the Journal Star as breaking news reporter after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2021.

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