Attempted murder trial rescheduled for Modesto mother

local@modbee.comApril 19, 2013 

A judge on Friday rescheduled a trial to start Feb. 18 for a 38-year-old mother accused of stabbing her 13-year-old autistic son inside their north Modesto apartment in September 2011.

Anitra Hankins has been charged with attempted murder with enhancements of inflicting great bodily injury, acting with premeditation and using a weapon.

Robert Westbrook, who represented Hankins in her November 2011 preliminary hearing, since has been appointed to serve as a family court judge. Hankins has a new attorney, Deputy Public Defender Greg Spiering, so her June trial was postponed.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge John Freeland scheduled Hankins to return to court Sept. 9 for a pretrial hearing.

Hankins is accused of stabbing her son, Miles, with a knife. The boy has recovered from his critical injuries and is living with relatives outside the state.

Hankins remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

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