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Woman charged in stabbing of elderly mother

The daughter said there was a suicide pact, but that she could not follow through

By Gordon Y.K. Pang


A Kalihi woman who attempted to kill her 79-year-old mother last week in what the daughter described as a suicide pact has been charged with attempted murder.

Janet Wakimura, 48, is expected to make her first appearance in District Court today. She was arrested yesterday morning at the Queen's Medical Center and was being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of second-degree attempted murder.

Wakimura's mother, Yoshi, was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife at about 11 a.m. Sept. 29, according to a police affidavit. The injury was not life-threatening.

Mother and daughter live together in Kalihi. Janet Wakimura was her mother's sole caretaker and "the two were dependent upon each other," the affidavit said.

The younger woman told a police officer "she was tired of taking care of her mother and that she could no longer do it," the affidavit said. "She further related that she and her mother had made an agreement that if one died, the other should die also," the affidavit said.

Wakimura told the officer she stabbed her mother once in the chest and throat area, "and that she did not know if her mother would die or not," the affidavit said. She told police she could not carry through with stabbing herself and instead called for help, police said.

Officers had a difficult time talking to Yoshi Wakimura because her English is limited, the affidavit said.

Janet Wakimura also admitted to a social worker that she had stabbed her mother but could not finish a "suicide pact" the two had made, the affidavit said.

The younger woman told a doctor that she was depressed. She was arrested yesterday morning as she was being released from Queen's, where she had been held in the psychiatric ward.

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