Woman charged with child abuse after stabbing children

Published 11:24 am Friday, January 22, 2021

A Warren County woman is being held without bond in the Warren County Jail charged with three counts of felony child abuse.

Warren County Martin Pace said Shana Smith, 36, is accused of attacking and injuring her three children, all under the age of 7, with a knife Wednesday night. The assault came at their home in the 1900 block of Heather Place.

He said Smith and two of the children were treated and released from Merit Health River Region. Another child was hospitalized with a cut to the throat and was expected to recover.

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County Court Judge Marcie Southerland ordered Smith held without bond at an initial appearance Thursday. The case remains under investigation and the state Child Protective Services were called.

The assault occurred about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Pace said one of the children ran to the home of a nearby relative and said her mother had injured the children and possibly herself.

Deputies responding to the call arrived to find Smith in the home with two of the children covered in blood. Smith was still armed with a knife, Pace said, but the deputies were able to disarm her and get the children to paramedics and took Smith into custody.

“It appeared she injured all three children and superficially injured herself,” Pace said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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