Chicago man attacked mother walking with daughter because she looked happy: prosecutor

Jessie White, 25, is accused of attacking a mother and her 8-year-old daughter in front of a Chicago church Tuesday because the woman appeared happy.

Jessie White, 25, is accused of attacking a mother and her 8-year-old daughter in front of a Chicago church Tuesday because the woman appeared happy.

Jessie White, 25, allegedly attacked the woman with a knife while repeatedly telling her, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ The woman’s 8-year-old daughter ran and got help, possibly saving the woman’s life.

(SOURCE)   A madman armed with a knife attacked a woman and her 8-year-old daughter outside a Chicago church because her “happiness” angered him, according to prosecutors.

The 26-year-old woman was walking with her daughter Tuesday afternoon when Jessie White, 25, reportedly walked up behind the mom and uttered, “I’m going to kill you.”

White then thrust a knife to the mother’s throat while the woman desperately called to her daughter, whom had been knocked to the ground, to run home and get help, The Chicago Sun Times reported.

The brave little girl obeyed her mother’s orders but not before reportedly trying to hit the attacker with her backpack.

White and his victim meanwhile struggled for the knife when the blade broke from its handle.

At that moment White stabbed the weapon at her head, not knowing that the blade was gone, causing her to be struck with only the blunt handle, DNAinfo reported.

Not giving up, White allegedly dragged the woman down into a basement of an abandoned coach house after punching her to the ground.

Cook County prosecutor Erin Antonietti said White knew the basement was unlocked because he had gone in there to urinate earlier in the day.

“I’m going to kill you. I have to kill you,” he allegedly shouted while beating and strangling her on the floor inside.

The 26-year-old woman was walking past Chicago's St. Pancratius Church (pictured) when she was allegedly attacked and dragged into a nearby basement. She was rescued by her husband.

The 26-year-old woman was walking past Chicago’s St. Pancratius Church (pictured) when she was allegedly attacked and dragged into a nearby basement. She was rescued by her husband.    Google Maps

Just then the victim’s husband, who had been alerted by his daughter, appeared in the doorway of the basement to her rescue.

White was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed that it was the woman’s happiness that triggered the attack.

“He saw the 26-year-old woman and her child and how happy they were, and it made him angry,” said Antonietti, according to DNAinfo.