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CROWN POINT — A woman is charged with battery on allegations she stabbed a man during an argument last week at an East Chicago apartment.

Police from East Chicago were dispatched 5:15 p.m. Friday to the apartment in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street after receiving reports of the stabbing, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officers made contact with a man in a torn, bloody shirt, who had a stab wound to the upper left side of his chest, the affidavit states.

The man told police he was stabbed by Marquita Ford, the affidavit states. He was transported to St. Catherine Hospital.

Ford's sister told police the stabbing happened during an argument between the man and Ford, the affidavit states. She said Ford threw a can of soda at the man, who responded by punching her. Ford then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him. 

A knife was found in Ford's bedroom, which her sister said was used in the stabbing, the affidavit states.

Ford, 28, was interviewed by detectives later that night, the affidavit states. She allegedly admitted she stabbed the man. She said her 9-year-old daughter was present during the stabbing.

Ford had a bruise on her left arm, but she did not request medical attention, the affidavit states.

Ford was charged Saturday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of felony battery.

She is not afforded bond, according to court records.


Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.