A 26-year-old Conway woman has claimed self defense in the stabbing of her 29-year-old boyfriend early Saturday morning at the home they shared.
According to a Conway Police Department incident report released on Monday, officers were dispatched to Conway Regional Medical Center at about 1:40 Saturday morning after hospital staff called to report that Jeffrey Houston Childress had been admitted with a knife lodged in his back.
Childress remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit Monday afternoon, according to Conway Regional spokeswoman Lori Ross, but was listed in good condition.
Childress was rushed to the hospital by his brother, according to the report, who told police that he witnessed the incident.
According to his account, Childress and his girlfriend, Jennifer Ann Phillips, had been arguing outside of their Hairston Avenue home before the stabbing occurred. The couple went inside, the brother told police, and when he went inside he found the two struggling on the floor.
According to the report, the brother was able to separate Phillips and Childress, at which point Phillips went into the home’s kitchen, got a knife and stabbed Childress one time in the back.
The knife, described by Lt. Laura Hodges of CPD as a kitchen knife with a four-and-a-half-inch blade, was removed at Conway Regional.
After interviewing the brother, police questioned Phillips at her home. According to the report, Phillips said she stabbed Childress in self defense after he had "banged her head on the floor" several times.
She was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery. At her arraignment Monday afternoon she was set a $25,000 bond.
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