Goodwin: ‘I Did What I Had To Do To Protect My Children’
Kids found slashed in home fire; mom charged
Tanicia Goodwin Charged With Slashing Kids’ Throats, Setting Apartment On Fire
Tanicia Goodwin, alleged baby throat slasher and arsonist.
I don’t usually start my stories telling you the ending, but I feel I must in this case. The two kids in this story are still alive. In critical condition, but alive nonetheless.
Tanicia Goodwin, 25, of Salem, MA, did the unthinkable (don’t they all?). She has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and arson after she slit the throats of her 2 babies, doused them in lighter fluid, and set her apartment on fire. She sits in jail without bond while the she waits for her court date next week. She has plead not guilty.
Not sure how you plead not guilty after you walk into a police station covered in blood and lighter fluid, smash a glass display case in the lobby, then say “I did what I had to do to protect my children.” According to police, she smelled of lighter fluid, had red liquid on her clothing and ash on her hands. Police said she had a “superficial” cut on her neck as well. “I’m sorry, I had to protect my babies,” she told police. Fuck, protect them from what? The boogie man doesn’t have shit on you lady.
Back at her apartment, her kids were being rescued by firefighters. Her 8-year old boy Jamal, was found inside the apartment with his throat slashed so deeply that his trachea was showing. He wasn’t able to speak or move, and hardly able to breath. When firefighters asked him if his mother did this to him, he was able to nod. Her 3-year old, Erica, was found face down and bleeding from her throat at a neighbor’s empty apartment. Tanicia had gone to this neighbor’s apartment with her and the firefighters actually saw them both before responding to the fire, but didn’t notice the girl’s wounds. Didn’t the fucking neighbors notice? While everyone was evacuating the building, she dumped her little girl on the couch face down, and left her alone to run to the police station. It was only by chance that a firefighter happened upon her while checking apartments to be sure everyone had gotten out safely.
As if it could get worse, not only did she set the fire but also disabled the apartment’s smoke alarms, removed the interior doorknob and blocked the vents and nearly every sprinkler with duct tape and rags. Guess she really wanted to get the job done. In her interview with police, she wouldn’t say much at first. She kept asking about the well being of her children, asking if they were alive. “I’m not supposed to be here. … I’m not supposed to be alive”, she told them. Guess she was going to off herself too, too bad that didn’t work out. Police asked her if her husband or boyfriend had hurt her kids and she nodded no. When they asked her if she had hurt them, she shook her head yes.
Police recovered three cans of lighter fluid at the apartment, as well as a large kitchen knife, which they believe to be what she used to cut her kids.
Both children were flown to Children’s Hospital Boston in critical condition. Nurses had to wipe lighter fluid off both children before they could be treated. They’ve both undergone surgeries and Jamal is listed as critical condition as of yesterday, Erica in stable condition.
Another tidbit about Tanicia is that she only regained custody of Jamal in 2010 after voluntarily giving him up in 2007 to a cousin so that she could earn her GED and college degree. Um ok. I’ll refrain from commenting on this. But I will ask, you can’t go to school and be a mom like the fucking rest of us?
Thank GOD Jamal and Erica are alive. If we can find a silver lining, that’s it. No word on their dad or dads. Or on any family members stepping up to take care of these babies while this c*** serves her time. I hope they don’t end up in the system, but I suppose anywhere is better than with her. I hope she gets more than a slap on the wrist for her brutalities and direct disregard for human life. I smell an insanity pleas though and a “history of mental illness” story as well. Let’s hope the judge gets it right though.
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