First, she allegedly stripped her 11-year-old daughter naked on a northern California beach. Then she punched, bit, and choked her, while shoving handfuls of sand into her mouth and eyes. She was trying to “remove the demons” she told witnesses, according to cops.
Kimberly Felder’s attorney told a judge Wednesday that she will plead no contest to attempted murder in exchange for the district attorney dropping four lesser charges, which include child abuse, according to the Lost Coast Outpost in Humboldt County.
Around 10 to 12 people witnessed the savage attack on Centreville beach last June, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
A local citizen, John Marciel, attempted to stop her, but Felder, 46, continued her relentless attack, cops said. She allegedly managed to strike the 11-year-old girl in the head with a piece of driftwood, even as Marciel tried to wrestle her.
"When you see something like this, it shakes your foundation and faith in people," Marciel told the Associated Press at the time.
He also said Felder questioned him about his religious faith during the attack.
Cops praised Marciel as a local hero at the time, saying that Felder likely would have killed her child if it were not for the man’s intervention. They said he comforted the girl, while sheriff’s officers detained Felder.
The girl was seriously injured in the attack with severe damage to her right ear, according to cops. She was placed in protective custody.
Felder had previously pled not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the Outpost.
[Photo: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office]