By all appearances, Jacob Soliz-Amaya is doing very well.
"I feel great," the smiling 8-year-old says.
That's despite a nasty wound at the top of his head and the fact his father's former girlfriend has been charged with trying to murder him.
Prince George's county police say Helen Newsome has admitted committing the attack Saturday morning just after seven o'clock.
Jacob was assaulted while he slept in his bed at the house in Landover where Jacob spends his weekends with his father.
Proud of what he did, Jacob's parents encouraged him to tell us what happened.
"She was smothering me," says Jacob as he sat on a slide at a playground near his mother's home in Anne Arundel county. "She was trying to make me not breathe. She covered my mouth - so I head-butted her. And then I beat her up and then she snapped out of it. And then she started hitting me with a dumbell on the back of my head. My head was bleeding like all over my body and so I ran out and I asked this neighbor to call 911."
Jacob was taken by ambulance to a hospital. He needed more than half a dozen staples to close the cut on the top of his head.
"When (I got) to the hospital," Jacob's mother, Salina Soliz explains, "the first thing he says is 'Mom, she tried to kill me.' And those are words that you don't ever expect to hear from your child's mouth."
Jacob's family believes Ms. Newsome, 26, snuck into the house on Munsey Street sometime on Friday and hid in a spare bedroom. She waited until Jacob's father, Andy Amaya, went to work and Andy's good friend, the home's owner, Allen Clem, got into the shower.
"The kid saved himself by fighting back," Clem told us. "He's a strong 8-year-old. And he took karate classes this past spring. Thank God he knew what to do."
After Jacob ran out of the house, Newsome apparently jumped out an upstairs bathroom window. She was arrested at her home not far from there.
"It's hard because he thought of her as a step-mom," Jacob's father explains. "You know, he loved her like a step-mom."
Amaya says he had just broken up with the accused.
"All I can think of is that maybe she was so upset to the point where she wanted to cause me harm and I guess she knew the only way to really hurt me is to hurt my son," he says.
Ms. Soliz says she's just grateful her son is alive.
"I'm in awe of his strength," she tells us. "I'm in awe of his actions and his will to survive. It's insane. And I couldn't be prouder of him."
Newsome is being held on $500,000 bond.
WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
Didn't find what you were looking for?