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Mother accused of stabbing daughter pleads not guilty

Tasha Harmon waives right to preliminary hearing

MADISON, Wis. - A Fitchburg mother accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of attempted first-degree homicide.

Proceedings in Dane County Circuit Court were brief Wednesday as Tasha Harmon waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors said the 30-year-old mother stabbed her daughter seven times in the chest and back while the girl was sleeping at their Fitchburg apartment Aug. 13, then stabbed herself.

Harmon told police voices in her head, including the devil, prompted the stabbings, according to a criminal complaint.

Wednesday's court proceedings also revealed Harmon was once in a mental institution back when she was 15.

The 6-year-old was released from a Madison hospital Monday.

A trial for Harmon will be set at a later date. 


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