Murder suspect smirks in court as three-year-old victim’s parents ask judge to ‘keep this monster behind bars’

A grieving father pleaded with a judge to hand down a harsh sentence for the woman accused of murdering his son

A family pleaded with a judge to keep a woman accused of stabbing a child to death.

Bionca Ellis, 32, of Cleveland, is said to have stabbed three-year-old Julian Wood and his mother, Margot Woodm, as they were leaving the Giant Eagle grocery store in North Olmstead on June 3.

On Monday (June 10), Ellis was seen in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and appeared unfazed by the situation.

Julian’s grieving father, Jared Wood, pleaded with the judge for a harsh sentence. (YouTube/News 5 Cleveland)

Julian’s grieving father, Jared Wood, pleaded for a harsh sentence for Ellis and asked Judge Nancy Margaret Russo to “do everything in her power to keep this monster behind bars.”

Most shockingly, Ellis smiled for the cameras as the charges were read to her.

Ellis was charged with one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of child endangerment, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Prosecutors say Ellis encountered Julian and his mother as they were leaving a grocery store.

Ellis allegedly held a knife she had stolen from a nearby Volunteers of America thrift store and followed them to their car.

She allegedly stabbed Julian multiple times while he sat in a shopping cart. Ellis then allegedly began stabbing the mother as she tried to save her son from danger.

Police said a few minutes later, Ellis was found walking down a side street with a knife.

The mother is expected to make a full recovery, but Julian died in hospital from his injuries.

Ellis smiled as the charges were read to her. (YouTube/News 5 Cleveland)

Speaking in court and fighting back tears, Jared said: “On this day, a week ago, she took everything from us.

“Nothing will replace my son or anything that my wife and I, or even our other children, are going through.”

A GoFundMe platform has been created to collect money for the family.

“Our family is grief-stricken,” a statement on the website reads.

“We have no explanation for how or why it happened, it was a random act of violence. There was no prior argument, they didn’t know each other… it was a malicious, accidental act.

“She destroyed our family beyond description, she took something from us that we will never be able to get back.”

Ellis pleaded not guilty to the charges and her bail was set at $5 million. She was scheduled to return to court on June 17.

Featured image: YouTube/News 5 Cleveland

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