Child protective services worker stabbed while conducting home visit

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A child protective services worker was stabbed in the hand while making a home visit Tuesday, according to a person close to the incident.

The child’s mother approached the county vehicle while the worker was inside; the victim rolled down the window and the child’s mother waved a knife at her, the source told 23ABC News.

The victim received multiple stab wounds to the hand but was able to drive to a nearby Jack in the Box Restaurant and called 911, the source said.

The Director of the Department of Human Services, Dena Murphy provided the following statement on the incident:

"I am saddened by the events of Tuesday evening that resulted in a committed, professional social worker who was ensuring the safety of an infant becoming a victim of an attack. The safety of our workers is paramount and such the incident that occurred will not be tolerated.  The department will fully support prosecution of the individual who assaulted our employee.”

The identity of the person suspected of stabbing the employee has not been released, and it’s unclear whether the suspect has been arrested or currently faces any charges.

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