A Hot Springs woman was arrested early Monday for allegedly stabbing another woman, who is pregnant, in the back of the neck.
Joleen Kylette Grier, 37, who lists a Freida Street address, was taken into custody around 1 a.m. and charged with second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison.
Grier remained in custody Tuesday on $2,500 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.
According to the probable cause affidavit, at around 1 a.m. Monday Hot Springs police responded to a residence on Watt Street in reference to a report of a stabbing and made contact with a woman who was bleeding from a stab wound in the back of her neck.
The woman told police she was visiting a friend at the residence and had gone inside to use the bathroom. When she came out, she saw Grier had arrived at the residence and an argument ensued between the two women.
The woman, who is reportedly five months pregnant, said the argument quickly escalated and Grier pulled out a knife and stabbed her. The woman's friend attempted to hold Grier who was actively chasing the victim down Watt Street with the knife.
The victim was transported by LifeNet to a hospital for treatment of a 1.5-inch cut to the back of her neck.
Grier had left the scene before officers arrived, but they located her hiding behind a car in the 500 block of Linwood Street. She allegedly made a spontaneous statement to officers admitting to the attack and told them she had the knife in her bag.
The friend came over and identified Grier as the one who had attacked the victim.
After she was read her rights, Grier reportedly said she had a long-standing hatred for the woman after she was involved with her boyfriend. Grier said when she saw the woman she was "at her breaking point" and "just stabbed her."Local on 06/13/2018
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