A woman was arrested after police said she stabbed her infant niece in the neck after chasing a dog that had just eaten her chicken sandwich.
Sharon Key, 32, was staying at a Days Inn in Indianapolis on Tuesday with her niece, nephew and sister when the family's pit bull grabbed Ms. Key's Burger King food and ate it.
According to court documents, she allegedly became so angry that she chased the dog around the hotel room with a knife.
Then, she claimed, the dog jumped onto the bed where the one-year-old was resting and she tried to stab the hungry dog, but missed and pierced the baby's neck.
The child's mother, who was bathing her son in an adjacent bathroom, heard “loud noises coming from the bedroom, so she went outside and saw it.” [Ms Key] held a knife in his hand and [her daughter] lay bloody and screaming on the bed.”
She immediately called 911 while simultaneously applying pressure to her daughter's stab wound with a hotel towel, according to police, who found Ms. Key hiding in bushes outside the hotel.
The baby was taken to Riley Children's Hospital where she received multiple stitches to her ear and neck. She was initially in critical condition upon arrival but was stabilized, WXIN reported.
According to Tracy Griffin, a grandfather of the baby, the 1-year-old is expected to survive her injuries but could suffer emotional damage.
“I want her to be held accountable for this,” Mr. Griffin told WXIN. “My granddaughter will be scarred for the rest of her life.”
Ms. Key was charged with criminal recklessness.
“It’s stupid and at the same time she’s an adult,” Mr. Griffin said. “She should have known the baby was sitting right there. I want the book thrown to her.”
This was not Ms. Key's first brush with the law.
In 2020, she pleaded guilty to stabbing a woman with a box cutter during a fight at a gas station, court records show.
Meanwhile, her family says she has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues for years, but that the city has done little to help her with her problems.
“This city needs to do better,” Mr. Griffin said. “They just slap her wrist.”
Under Indiana law, if Ms. Key is convicted of Class B criminal recklessness, she could face up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.