A family is bracing for the first anniversary of an attack on a mother and her two young sons.
Today she talked to Channel 6's Malorie Maddox about the day that shattered her family's sense of safety.
"I feel really grateful to be alive and nothing happened to my children," Amy Phillips said. The pain is still strong-a year after Phillips was attacked trying to protect her sons.
Both her sons were on bikes when Jason Billingsley walked up to the family, asking for a ride. "I said no...I'm taking my boys to the park," Phillips said.
Within moments, Billingsley snapped. "He straddled Evan. He was on his bike and he went up behind him and grabbed him. He said you're going to give me a ride or I'm going to kill your son," Phillips said through tears.
Phillips says Billingsley made a slashing gesture across her 4-year-old son's throat. "I jumped in between my son and I grabbed him and shielded him and he brutally stabbed me four times in the back," Phillips said.
After he repeatedly stabbed her, Phillips says Billingsley just walked away. "I was just screaming for help and the boys were just crying," Phillips said.
Phillips says Billingsley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. "Why as a mom walking her kids to the park...why is he not responsible? That's frustrating," Phillips said.
Billingsley was put in a mental hospital, but Phillips is still haunted by the day.
"The hardest thing to get over this is just the memory of his face and how angry he was," Phillips said. But she wonders what will happen if he gets out.
"I see other people who have dealt with mental illness and other attacks and they weren't so lucky. I feel really blessed to be alive and have both my kids," Phillips said.
Adding to Phillips frustration is the fact that the family had to pay 6,000 dollars in medical bills after insurance.