UPDATE: A woman is filing an appeal in the stabbing death of her 4-year-old daughter in a Modesto apartment
A Modesto woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the stabbing death of her 4-year-old daughter.
Mina Nazari, 34, faces first-degree murder and other charges after she was arrested on Saturday in the family’s apartment. Officers found the victim, Sana Akram, dead at the scene, off Scenic Drive near Klaus Road, police said.
Nazari was summoned to the Stanislaus Superior Court, with the help of a Persian translator via Zoom. She was born in Iran, according to a booking log at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.
My theory is still there without bail. Judge Kelly Westbrook ordered her to return to court on Tuesday, October 24, to hear the defense’s request to set bail.
During the arraignment, Nazari wore a prison uniform with orange and white stripes and shackles on her wrists and ankles. I looked mostly straight ahead during the procedure.
Family members in the courtroom declined to comment afterward to The Modesto Bee. My theoretical public defender, Ryan Boller, did the same.
Nazari is also charged with attempted murder of her 10-year-old son, whose name has not been released, as well as two counts of child endangerment. Police said the boy was not injured.
Neither the police nor the prosecution stated the reason behind Nazari’s killing of her daughter. The prosecution revealed in a complaint filed on Tuesday that the girl was stabbed with a knife. The file stated that the act was premeditated, which is an essential part of first-degree murder.
If bail is set, it should be at least $2.635 million, Deputy District Attorney Vaughn Smolak said. The public prosecutor said that Nazari was at risk of flight due to the presence of his relatives abroad.
A family friend created A GoFundMe account To help with Sanaa burial expenses. She said her father, Fahim Akram, works as a full-time Uber driver.