Cleveland Woman Indicted for Murder in Tragic Stabbing Incident of 3-Year-Old Outside Ohio Grocery Store

A Cleveland woman, Bionca Ellis, has been indicted for murder, attempted murder, and several other offenses following the stabbing death of 3-year-old Julian Wood outside a grocery store in northern Ohio. Ellis was arrested after the incident occurred outside the Giant Eagle in North Olmsted. The police responded to numerous 911 calls about the stabbing, which took place in the grocery store parking lot. Ellis was charged with aggravated murder, endangering minors, tampering with evidence, aggravated theft, and two counts of felonious assault.

Survey footage showed Ellis walking around the shopping complex where the Giant Eagle is located while brandishing a knife. She then struck the knife on a brick structure before leaving the camera. Ellis took two knives from a thrift shop close to the Giant Eagle around 3 p.m. on the day of the assault. According to the prosecution, Ellis saw Julian and his mother leave the grocery shop after getting the knives.

Ellis was taken into custody without any problems at the site after the assault. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley stated that this case is "devastating" and that she will work to ensure justice for Julian Wood and the Wood family. Ellis was about to be evicted from her subsidized apartment complex in Cleveland before the assault, but failed to make three monthly installments. Real estate business K&D's lawyers filed a case in Cleveland Housing Court in March asking for permission to evict her from the property. In May, a Cleveland housing court magistrate approved the business's request, and in 2018, Ellis was also evicted from another property.


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