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Guilty plea in stabbing of child protection worker

A Camden woman today pleaded guilty to attempted murder today in the stabbing of a state child protection worker.

Taisha Edwards, 31, was meeting with caseworker Leah Coleman on Nov. 17 at the Department of Children and Families on Haddon Ave. when Edwards pulled a nine-inch steak knife and stabbed Coleman two dozen times.

Several of Coleman's colleagues were able to overpower and detain Edwards. Coleman, who survived, was taken to Cooper University Hospital for treatment.

The attack came several days after Human Services had removed its armed security officers from the building and reassigned them to psychiatric facilities. Follow the assault, the guards returned.

At Camden County Superior Court today, Coleman was present to hear Edward's plea, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Edwards faces up to 13 years in prison when she is sentenced Apr. 10.