Mother describes neighbor's attack with sledgehammer, sword
MILWAUKEE - Miranda peeled away bandages to reveal a long pattern of stitches on both of her arms. There are more stitches where doctors reattached her ear.
"I've got metal plates and rods in both arms," Miranda explained. "I broke my eye bone and I had a broken rib."
Miranda spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray at her mother's home. She survived a brutal attack last Wednesday and spent several days at Froedtert Hospital.
"I have no knowledge why this man targeted me and my family," she said. "I have never seen him a day in my life."
Police say the next-door neighbor broke into Miranda's home late at night, armed with a sledgehammer and samurai sword. Malcolm Wright, 26, is facing charges for the unprovoked attacked against Miranda and her 10-year-old daughter.
"He slashed down on one of my arms," Miranda said. "I threw my other one up and he cut me again. I took off running and collapsed."
The suspect's father told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson that Wright has a history of mental illness.
"In my son's case, he hears voices and the voices make him act out," Andrew Wright said.
Malcolm Wright recently moved back in with his parents.
Miranda was pregnant. Doctors induced labor because of her severe injuries. Her newborn son is doing well, despite being born several weeks before the due date
The baby boy is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks because he was born so early.
This mother of six is thankful to be alive.
"I believe God was there, because that man could have killed me and my kids," she said.
Wright is in custody at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.