BATON ROUGE, La -- A 40-year-old woman told investigators that she tried to kill her son because Jesus told her to do so.
According to WBRZ , Gloria Ross was taken to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for attempted murder and cruelty to a juvenile Thursday morning.
Officials told the station she cut her 8-year-old child's throat with a kitchen knife, leaving a 2.5 inch gash.
A witness said she hear the child scream, then saw Ross holding the knife. The witness added that she took the knife away from the mother and ran to get help.
WRBZ reports the boy is suffering from non-life threatening injuries.
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Most famous US crime trials over the past 25 years
Most famous US crime trials over the past 25 years
OJ Simpson: Not guilty in the murder of wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and friend Ron Goldman
O.J. Simpson shows the jury a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves, similar to the gloves found at the Bundy and Rockingham crime scene 21 June during his double murder trial in Los Angeles. Deputy Sheriff Roland Jex (L) and Prosector Christopher Darden (R) look on. (Photo credit AFP/Getty Images)
Casey Anthony: Not guilty in the murder of daughter Caylee Anthony
Defense attorney Jose Baez and Casey Anthony, hug after the jury acquitted her of murdering her daughter, Caylee, during Anthony's murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool)
Scott Peterson: Sentenced to death for murder of pregnant wife, Laci Peterson
Scott Peterson listens to the prosecutor during his trial on charges in the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, on January 4, 2004, in Modesto, California. (Photo by Bart Ah You/Modesto Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
Martha Stewart: Guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to a federal investigator
Martha Stewart leaves US Federal Courthouse after being found guilty 05 March, 2004. The Multi-millionaire lifestyle guru was convicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail. Stewart's stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, was found guilty on the same counts, but cleared of a separate charge of making false documents. The jury of eight women and four men took a little over two days to reach their decision. Judge Miriam Cederbaum set sentencing for June 17. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Whitey Bulger: Guilty of racketeering leading to 11 murders
This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. He was convicted in Boston federal court in August 2013 of multiple murders and other crimes. A former FBI agent faces sentencing for lying during his testimony at the 2013 racketeering trial of Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Sentenced to death for involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death by lethal injection sentence is read at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)
Timothy McVeigh: Sentenced to death for involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing
Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is escorted by law enforcement officials from the Noble County Courthouse in Perry, Okla., Friday, April 21, 1995. The April 19 bombing of the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building claimed the lives of 168 people. McVeigh, who was found guilty in the Oklahoma City bombing trial, received the death penalty from the jury in Denver, Co. on Friday, June 13, 1997. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)
George Zimmerman: Acquitted of murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after the jury delivered a not guilty verdict in his trial in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
Dr. Jack Kevorkian: Guilty of second-degree homicide for 'mercy killings'
Dr. Jack Kevorkian grimaces after he was convicted of second-degree murder in Oakland County Circuit Court on Friday 26 March 1999 for giving an Tom Youk, an ailing man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape. (AP Photo/Pool, Jeff Kowalsky)
Michael Jackson: Acquitted on child molestation charges
Michael Jackson leaves the courthouse after being found 'not-guilty' on all charges against him. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
Jeffrey Dahmer: Confessed to and was found guilty of 15 murders
Confessed serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer enters Milwaukee County Court where jury selection begins in his murder trial, Jan. 27, 1992. Dahmer has pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering 15 young males. (AP Photo/Richard Brodzeller/Pool)
Lyle and Erik Menendez: Found guilty of murdering their parents
A preliminary hearing held in Beverly Hills, Calif., for Lyle, left, and Erik Menendez, was postponed Friday as their lawyers fought to keep potentially incriminating evidence out of the case, April 12, 1991. Lyle, 23, and Eric, 20, are charged in the August 1989 shotgun murders of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Jodi Arias: Found guilty in murder of boyfriend Travis Alexander
Convicted killer Jodi Arias makes a point while answering a question during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted recently of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home back in 2008, and could face the possibility of the death penalty as the sentencing phase of her trial continues. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
John Allen Muhammad: Sentenced to death for involvement in the Beltway sniper attacks
Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad gestures as he addresses judge James L. Ryan during a media preview, Friday, April 28, 2006, in Rockville, Md. Muhammad, 45, plans to be his own lawyer as he goes on trial Monday on six murder charges for killings in Maryland during the Oct 2002 Washington area sniper spree. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner/Pool)
Rod Blagojevich: Found guilty for extortion and attempting to sell a senate seat
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets supporters as he arrives home in Chicago, Monday, June 27, 2011, after a jury convicted him of 17 of the 20 charges against him, including all 11 charges related to his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Scooter Libby: Found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators
In a file photo former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby walks towards his car outside federal court in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, after he was sentenced for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Rae Carruth: Found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in the death of his pregnant girlfriend Cherica Adams
Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth exits the courtroom in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, after Judge Charles Lamm sentenced him to at least 18 years and 11 months and a maximum of 24 years and four months in the murder of his former girlfriend Cherica Adams. (AP Photo/Jeff Siner,Pool)
Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay: Found guilty of conspiracy, insider trading, fraud and making false statements in the Enron scandal
In this May 25, 2006 file photo, former Enron executive Jeff Skilling, left, and his attorney Dan Petrocelli leave the courthouse after the verdict in his fraud and conspiracy trial in Houston. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday, June 24, 2010 that prosecutors erred in using a federal fraud law to convict former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling, but left it to a lower court to determine whether his conviction should be overturned. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, file)
Los Angeles police officer Laurence Powell, center, is hugged by former LAPD officer Timothyn Wind as Sgt. Stacy Koon looks on from the background, right, after the verdict in the Rodney King beating trial was read in Simi valley, Calif. on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. All defendants were acquitted except one count against Powell in which the jury could not decide. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)