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West End woman charged with attacking woman, two small children

A West End woman is facing charges that she attacked a Back Bay mother and her two children with a knife.

Diane Huggins was ­arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

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Huggins, 58, allegedly approached a 35-year-old woman walking with her son and daughter in a stroller along Thoreau Path around 2 p.m. Tuesday and asked her for the time.

As she responded, the ­woman noticed Huggins was holding a large knife, which she began swinging at the children.

The mother told Boston ­police that she spun the stroller out of the way and that a “brief physical altercation” ensued, leaving both women on the ground. A 72-year-old West End resident who was passing by intervened.

The man disarmed Huggins, tossed the knife away, and held her down until police arrived to arrest Huggins.

Judge Thomas Horgan set bail at $25,000 cash and ­ordered her to stay away from the victims.

The children, ages 1 and 4, were not injured, but their mother was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with ­minor injuries. The man had a 3-inch injury to his forearm that may have come from the knife; he was treated at the scene by Boston EMS.

Huggins is scheduled to ­return to court Aug. 16.

Sarah N. Mattero
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sarah.mattero@globe.com
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