A Fairview Township toddler whose mother cut his neck before she attempted suicide last week has been released from a local hospital, according to township police.

The 2-1/2-year-old boy, whose name has not been made public, was released from Hershey Medical Center over the weekend, Acting Police Chief Jason Loper said.

The boy and his mother, 36-year-old Candis Bradshaw, were rushed to Hershey Medical Center Friday morning by medical helicopter, police have said.

Bradshaw, of the first block of Foxfire Lane, remains in the hospital, according to Loper, who said her condition was unavailable.

Mom stabbed self: Bradshaw stabbed herself in the chest after making two cuts, each several inches long, on each side of her son's neck, according to police.

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

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

Investigators believe Bradshaw's suicide attempt was preceded by an apparent murder attempt on her son, according to the chief. He noted the investigation is still ongoing.

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 out 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.


Officers tried to stop bleeding: 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 Bradshaw are warranted, they will be filed after any possible mental-health issues have been addressed.

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