Woman charged with murder of toddler in North Olmsted Giant Eagle in court

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The woman accused of stabbing three-year-old Julian Wood to death in the parking lot of the North Olmsted Giant Eagle store will appear in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for a hearing on Monday. .

Bionca Ellis has pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $5 million bond.

The Public Prosecution Service is demanding the death penalty.

Bionca Ellis in court for her arraignment on June 10, 2024
Bionca Ellis in court for her arraignment on June 10, 2024(WOIO)

“Do everything you can to keep this monster behind bars,” Julian’s father, Jared Wood, said in court June 10 before Ellis’ arraignment.

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Julian was with his mother, Margot, 37, when they were attacked on June 3.

Margot was also injured, but survived.

North Olmsted police arrested Ellis, 33, of Cleveland, minutes after the attack, as he walked on Dover Center Road with the knife believed to have been used in the attack.

According to police Det. North Olmsted. Sergeant Matthew Beck and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley Ellis stole two knives from the Volunteers of America thrift store next to Giant Eagle.

She then allegedly walked into Giant Eagle, saw the victims walking outside and followed them, immediately stabbing Julian, who was in the shopping cart.

Memorial to Julian Wood at the North Olmsted Giant Eagle
Memorial to Julian Wood at the North Olmsted Giant Eagle(Bingel, Julia | (Source: WOIO))

Margot was stabbed as she tried to pull her child from the grocery cart, O’Malley said.

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Ellis was indicted on charges of:

  • 1 charge of aggravated murder
  • 2 assassination attempts
  • 2 attempted murders
  • 1 count of child endangerment
  • 1 count of tampering with evidence
  • 1 charge of theft

“This case is truly devastating. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Wood family during this difficult time,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor O’Malley. “As a father, I could not imagine this grief, but I can promise that we will do everything in our power to bring justice for Julian Wood and the Wood family.”

North Olmsted police said the attack appears to be random.

Julian’s funeral took place on June 8.