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Fund established for Salem siblings wounded in stabbing

Posted by Marcia Dick  March 23, 2012 01:20 PM

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The Salem Children’s Charity has established a special fund to help Jamaal and Erica Goodwin, whose mother is accused of slashing their throats and dousing them with lighter fluid before setting their apartment on fire on March 18.

The childen, ages 8 and 3, are recovering from their wounds at Children’s Hospital Boston. Jamaal, a first-grader at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, is still in critical condition, Principal Mark Higgins said, but Erica is alert and talking.

Higgins is treasurer of the Salem Children’s Charity, a nonprofit that provides financial help to low-income families.

Donations to the Jamaal and Erica Fund will assist the two children, who now are in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families. Donations should be sent to Salem Children’s Charity, c/o Jamaal and Erica Fund, Witchcraft Heights School, 1 Frederick St., Salem, Ma. 01970.

Their mother, Tanicia Goodwin, 25, is being held without bail after being charged with two counts of attempted murder and arson. She is due to appear at a dangerousness hearing on Monday in Salem District Court.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com.

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