Teen stabbed in head

CRIME WATCH

her mother is charged

August 04, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

A Glen Burnie mother has been accused of getting drunk on vodka, then stabbing her 15-year-old daughter in the head with a butcher knife early yesterday after the girl stopped her from getting behind the wheel of her car, authorities said.

"You would think this would be a great story about a daughter trying to protect her mother," said Officer Sara Schriver, a county police spokeswoman. "Instead, there are attempted-murder charges."

The mother, Sherry Ann Allen, 34, of the 7700 block of Overhill Road, was also charged with two counts of child abuse, two counts of assault and other lesser offenses. She was being held at the county detention center yesterday in lieu of $507,570 bail.

The daughter, Katelynn Thompson, was treated and released from Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said. She could not be reached for comment yesterday.

According to the charges filed with the District Court in Glen Burnie, Allen was "highly intoxicated from drinking vodka all evening" Wednesday when she walked out of her house with the keys to her Dodge Durango.

Thompson followed her outside and snatched the keys from her. The pair returned to the house and argued. Allen went to the kitchen and picked up a butcher knife, according to the documents.

Thompson and her boyfriend blockaded themselves in Thompson's room. Her mother "began stabbing the door with the knife" and demanding the keys to her truck, according to the documents.

Allen stopped yelling, and Thompson went to the kitchen, where "her mother confronted her and attacked her," according to the documents. Allen stabbed her child in the head with the knife, pulled out her hair and ripped an earring out of her ear, according to the documents.

Thompson ran to a neighbor's home and called police. Officers arrived to find her "bleeding heavily from her head and her clothes were covered in blood," according to the documents.

Police saw the mother standing in the driveway. She was "highly intoxicated and was wearing a nightshirt that had several splatter[s] of blood on it," according to the documents.

Officers searched the home and, in Thompson's bedroom, found "a large butcher's knife with blood on the tip of it," according to the documents.

Schriver, the police spokeswoman, said authorities had been called to the home 14 times in the past year, including for reports of domestic disputes and disorderly conduct.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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