MUNCIE, Ind. (Dec. 4, 2014) - A Muncie grandmother was arrested Wednesday morning after bringing a knife to a daycare, said police.
The incident happened at King’s Kids Cultivating Ministry on Kirby Avenue. Muncie Police say 50-year-old Geneva Lee Henry threatened employees at the daycare, before a bystander tackled her to the ground.
“She was screaming and hollering, ‘Give me my grandbaby,’ but I could smell alcohol on her breath, so I didn’t want to release her. She was irate. She had been drinking and she started pushing me,” says Tina Willbanks, director of King’s Kids Cultivating Ministry.
Willbanks said there were already about 10 kids inside the daycare and parents were dropping off more children when the situation escalated.
“Before I knew it, she reached in her sleeve and pulled out a knife. She started swinging it at me,” said Willbanks.
Roger Reed, whose wife works at the daycare said he saw Henry come into the facility. Reed said he was thankful he stayed at the daycare longer than he usually did.
“Basically, I just busted through the back door and tackled her. I don’t know how I didn't get stabbed, honestly,” explained Reed, who apprehended the 50-year-old woman.
Another daycare employee was able to call for help, while Reed kept Henry on the ground.
“It was pure protective mode. I wasn’t really scared. I would hope anybody in my situation would’ve done the same thing,” said Reed.
The daycare is in the basement of a church, and the staff said they believed a higher power was among them.
“Oh, he protected us, because no one had a scratch including her. He was definitely protecting us, definitely. (There’s) not a doubt in my mind,” said Willbanks.
Despite the extra precautions the daycare is now taking, the staff told FOX59 Henry was on the pickup and drop-off lists, so she would have most likely been allowed access to pick up her grandchild.
Henry has a long criminal record. She is currently being held on a $24,500 bond for this latest incident. She has been preliminary charged with criminal recklessness, intimidation, confinement with a deadly weapon, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.