SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – A Sarasota woman accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter has been found guilty by a jury.
Ashley Parker, 31, is facing charges of attempted murder, cruelty toward a child and resisting arrest after prosecutors say Parker attempted to kill her 6-year-old daughter.....twice.
The jury handed down their decision around 1 p.m. on Friday, finding Parker guilty on all accounts:
Attempted First Degree Murder with a Deadly Weapon, two (2) counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and Resisting an Officer with Violence in connection to the attempted drowning and stabbing of her 6-year-old daughter in June 2015.
Dr. Donald McMurray assessed Ashley Parker’s mental state and was questioned earlier this morning by Parker’s defense attorney.
The attorney attempted to prove his client acted out of insanity and suffered from delusions. However, Dr. Donald McMurray’s testimony appeared to discredit that.
Dr. McMurray said that Parker does suffer from personality disorders and intermittent explosive disorder. Though, he did not diagnose Parker as insane.
Parker’s daughter was a key witness throughout the trial and described the attack on the morning of June 26, 2015.
“She stabbed me,” said the now 7-year-old witness.
“She stabbed you?” the witness was asked.
“Yeah,” replied the tiny voice. “On the back, first on my head and then on my stomach and then on my chest. Yes.”
At the time of the event, the 6-year-old child was found bleeding and laying in the hallway of her home by her grandmother. The child was soon after rushed to the hospital.
“I crouched with my hands and feet covered on me,” the witness continued.
“Before that happened, did you all go into the bathroom?” the witness was then asked.
“Yes,” she replied. “We washed ourselves and then she put something in my mouth and then she pushed my hair under water.”
Parker listened unemotionally to the testimony as her daughter described the gruesome details of an attempted drowning and the pain of being stabbed.
Ashley Parker's scheduled to be sentenced on November 2nd at 9 a.m. More information will be updated upon availability.