Chattanooga woman arrested for Saturday morning stabbing

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga woman is facing charges in connection to a stabbing that sent a man to the hospital.

Courtney Abernathy, 40, of Chattanooga was charged with one count of aggravated assault.

According to investigators, Abernathy stabbed a 45-year old man late Saturday morning inside an apartment in the 300 block of Sunrise Lane.

The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening because he was stabbed in the arm.

Both the victim and Abernathy reportedly told police the incident started as an argument that got heated.

The victim also told police Abernathy grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him after he told her to leave the apartment.

But Abernathy reportedly told police a different story. According to Abernathy, the victim pulled her to the floor and punched her in the face several times. She later told police the victim went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife then got on top of her. According to the report, Abernathy told police, the victim laid the knife down beside her so that he could use both hands to strangle her. She told police he squeezed her so hard that she was about to pass out. She then said she grabbed the knife and stabbed him in the shoulder.

Abernathy reportedly told police she stabbed him because she feared for her life.

The victim reportedly ran to the bedroom, locked the door and called police while Abernathy sat in the living room and waited for officers to arrive.

When police examined Abernathy’s claims of being punched in the face, they reportedly found no marks or bruises. They also never found any marks around her neck where she said she was choked.

When patrol officer first arrived on scene, Abernathy told them the victim stabbed himself.

Investigators found the knife in a wooded area behind the apartment building.

A judge set Abernathy’s bond at $25,000.

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