Fairview Township Police have released the name of a Fairview Township woman who investigators believe cut her son's neck before stabbing herself in the chest Friday morning.

She is Candis Bradshaw, 36, of the first block of Foxfire Lane, according to police.

Her 2-1/2-year-old son escaped life-threatening injuries when Bradshaw apparently cut his neck, according to police, who said the woman then stabbed herself in the chest.

The toddler suffered two lacerations, each several inches long, on each side of his neck, police said.

Township police officers were called to Bradshaw's home in the upscale Hedgerow development about 8:45 a.m., Acting Police Chief Jason Loper said.

Bradshaw's young son suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his neck, according to police.

"It appears the child will be OK," Loper said. "It could have been much worse."

Loper said he is hopeful Bradshaw also will survive her injuries.

"It appears to be a suicide attempt" by Bradshaw, preceded by an apparent murder attempt on her son, Loper said. However, he noted the investigation is still ongoing and is in the preliminary stages.

Bradshaw and her son were flown to Hershey Medical Center by medical helicopter, he said.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to release Bradshaw's condition, saying that because the incident is being investigated by police, hospital policy is not to give condition information.

Bradshaw's husband also lives in the home, but he was not there at the time of the apparent murder-suicide attempt, police said.


The first officers on scene rendered first aid to Bradshaw, including applying a blood-clotting agent to her wound in an attempt to stanch the bleeding.

Loper said no charges have been filed at this point.

Investigators are dealing with family issues and are trying to be sensitive to those issues, according to the acting chief.

"We have some apparent mental-health issues that will need to be addressed," Loper confirmed.

If it's determined charges against the woman are warranted, they will be filed after any possible mental-health issues have been addressed.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.