March 23, 2008
Largo, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Celeste Grace Minardi, a 55 year old mother has been arrested and charged with 1st-degree attempted murder after she attempted to stab her own 15 year old son to death during a court ordered visitation.
According to police, Minardi had met her son at a Largo doctor's office for a supervised visitation with her 15 year old son. This was a regularly scheduled visitation that has been ongoing for approximately three years, following Minardi's divorce from a Gulport City attorney, Timothy Driscoll.
Police say Minardi's visits had been going will with her son, who resides with his father. In fact, Minardi regularly brought gifts to the visitations.
This time however, instead of gifts, Minardi brought horror by way of two jagged edge knives that she carried inside an over-sized purse. One knife was a 15 inch ornamental dagger. The other knife, a 12 inch drywall cutting knife.
Despite the presence of a supervising nurse nearby, Minardi pulled the knives out of her purse and began stabbing and slashing her son. She stabbed him in the abdomen, slashed his throat and brazed his forehead. The boy was left with a punctured intestine and an 8 inch laceration across his neck.
Amazingly, the boy was able to break free long enough to run towards the office lobby, where doctors were able to get the woman disarmed until police arrived. The boy was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center where he was treated for life threatening injuries.
Family and police have not been able to offer much by way of a possible motive for the stabbing. According to a family member, Minardi is currently suffering from stage four pancreatic cancer and has been given just a few more months to live. According to relatives,Minardi has no previous history of mental illness.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
I suppose if you are going to get a stabbing from your own mother, it's a good thing to be in a doctor's office at the time.
We may have a bone to pick with the social service agency who set up this arrangement. I have a hard time imagining that when the judge ordered SUPERVISED visitation, he was expecting an office nurse to be the supervising party here.
Usually, 'supervised visitation' means supervised by a qualified state worker - not a doctor's office nurse. There has been no mention of any other party besides an office nurse being present to oversee visitation. She's at work doing other things.
I'm suspicious that after three years, the parties involved loosened their standards a little, which might have opened an opportunity for this woman to do a Norman Bates on her own son. An attorney's son would be the wrong party to make THAT mistake with. If anyone can clarify, please comment.
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