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Three-year-old child stabbed in Ohio was killed by Bionca Ellis, prosecutors say


A Cleveland woman was charged Wednesday with murder, attempted murder and a slew of other charges in connection with the stabbing death of a 3-year-old boy outside a grocery store in northeast Ohio.

Bionca Ellis, 32, is accused of stabbing 3-year-old Julian Wood to death during an attack on the toddler and his 38-year-old mother Monday outside a Giant Eagle in the town of North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County officials said.

North Olmsted police officers responded to multiple 911 calls about the stabbing, which occurred in the grocery store parking lot, the department said in a news release.

“All information gathered at this time indicates that this is a random act of violence and that the suspect and victims have never met,” North Olmsted police spokesman Matt Beck said.

According to Beck, Julian was stabbed twice and his mother once in the shoulder. Julian would later die after being taken by paramedics to a nearby hospital, officials said.

In addition to the two counts of murder and attempted murder, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Ellis on charges of aggravated murder, child endangerment, tampering with evidence, aggravated robbery and two counts of assault, according to court documents found by USA TODAY . She is currently in jail on a $1 million bond.

Ellis did not have an attorney listed in Cuyahoga County court records Thursday.

Surveillance video shows Bionca Ellis holding a knife before fatally stabbing her

Surveillance video obtained by USA TODAY captured Ellis wielding a knife and walking gingerly through the mall where the Giant Eagle is located before the attack.

The 30-second clip shows Ellis slamming the knife into a brick pillar before walking out of frame.

Ellis stole two knives from a thrift store next to the Giant Eagle around 3 p.m. the day of the attack, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a news release. After obtaining the knives, Ellis walked next door and saw Julian and his mother leaving the supermarket, prosecutors said.

Ellis followed the mother and son before “immediately stabbing the 3-year-old” who was in the shopping cart, O’Malley said. When Julian’s mother tried to pull him out of the cart, Ellis stabbed her as well, the prosecutor added.

Police arrested Ellis at the scene without incident after the attack.

“This case is truly devastating,” O’Malley said in the news release. “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Wood family at this difficult time. As a father, I could not imagine this grief, but I can promise that we will do everything in our power to bring justice for Julian Wood and the Hout Family.”

Bionca Ellis was about to be evicted from her Cleveland apartment

Before the attack, Ellis was facing eviction from her subsidized apartment complex in Cleveland, according to court records obtained by

Attorneys for real estate company K&D filed a complaint in Cleveland Housing Court in March seeking permission to remove Ellis from the apartment after she missed three rent payments, the court reported.

A housing court magistrate in Cleveland granted the company’s request in May. K&D also evicted Ellis from another location in 2018, reported, according to court documents.

‘We have stomach problems’

A GoFundMe has been created by Julian’s mother’s relatives and friends to help the Wood family pay for funeral arrangements and other expenses.

“We are sick to our stomachs writing this,” the fundraising page says. “Many of you have been following this horrific story online, asking what happened and how something like this could happen in our own neighborhood. Frankly, we have no explanation as to how or why this happened… it was a random act of violence. There was no prior altercation, they did not know each other… this was a malicious, random act. She destroyed our family without words… she took something from us that we can never get back.”

The GoFundMe said the Wood family is “overwhelmed with grief.”

“This is something that no person, no family, no mother, no father, no grandmother should ever have to experience. We urge all of you to hold your babies close to you. This should never have happened,” she said. page.

The outpouring of support for the Wood family continues as the GoFundMe goal of $10,000 has been far surpassed, with more than $190,000 in donations to date.