Court Documents: Suspect Confesses to Stabbing Relative in Toano

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Authorities say a woman was stabbed in the chest by a relative early Saturday morning in Toano during a drunken fight.

Police arrested the relative, 54-year-old Blanche Florine Lawrence, and charged her with felony maiming at her home on Weymouth Court off Richmond Road.

Lawrence told a James City County Police officer she stabbed her 51-year-old relative because she “was at her bedroom door and would not leave her alone,” the officer wrote in a criminal complaint filed against Lawrence in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The officer said the two pushed each other, and Lawrence told the woman to leave, but the woman refused. Lawrence then grabbed a paring knife she keeps in her room and allegedly stabbed the woman.

The officer wrote he located the knife and showed it to Lawrence, who acknowledged that was the knife used to stab her.

Stephanie Williams, a spokesperson for the James City County Police Department, said a neighbor called 911 when the victim showed up at her house with a stab wound.

According to the complaint, the woman was treated by medics at the scene and taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News once she was in stable condition.

Lawrence’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 31 in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.