A Woodbridge woman was convicted yesterday of cutting her 11-year-old son's wrist just hours after celebrating Thanksgiving with her three children last year. Prosecutors said she was angry at the boy for sneaking candy and not cleaning his room.

A Circuit Court jury in Manassas recommended a four-year prison sentence for Paula Jean Adkins, 32, after finding her guilty of unlawful wounding for slashing her son's right wrist with a razor as he slept. Doctors said that the wound damaged an artery and several tendons and that the boy lost about three pints of blood.

Judge H. Selwyn Smith revoked Adkins's bail and ordered her into custody pending sentencing Dec. 3.

Adkins was indicted on a charge of malicious wounding after her Nov. 30 arrest. The jury deadlocked on that charge but found her guilty of a lesser offense, unlawful wounding, after Smith ordered them to try to reach a consensus.

"I think the evidence justified a finding of malicious wounding, but this is a compromise verdict," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Notarianni. "But I am not disappointed. I am happy for {the child} that it is over."

Defense attorney Richard Wheeler declined to comment on the case. Wheeler had attempted to show during the trial that the child, who admitted that he had attempted suicide on another occasion, might have cut himself.

According to testimony, Adkins called paramedics to her home in the Cheseapeake Bay Apartments at 4:52 a.m. on Nov. 24. Witnesses said emergency workers found the boy in a blood-soaked bed.

The boy testified that he had awakened in pain. "I just cried and woke up and I saw my mother standing by the bed," he said. "I asked her what was running down my arm. She said it was water. She said, 'Put your head under the pillow and go to sleep.' "

The boy said that later, when he realized he was bleeding, he asked his mother for a piece of gauze, but that she said she didn't have any. Eventually she wrapped his arm in a paper towel and called 911, the boy said.

A Prince William County police officer testified that Adkins was sitting in the kitchen smoking a cigarette while rescuers treated her son.

A friend of Adkins's, Kathleen Welliver, testified that Adkins admitted to her that she had cut the boy's wrist. The prosecution said Adkins had argued with her son earlier for not cleaning his room and for eating chocolate candy without her permission.

The boy now lives in a residential treatment center in Portsmouth, Va., officials said.