Family dispute in MC leads to stabbing



Esther Stone

A dispute between cousins earlier this week in Michigan City resulted in a severe knife wound to the neck of the victim and the arrest of a 45-year-old woman who has addresses in both Michigan City and Chicago, Ill.

Michigan City Police officers were dispatched to the 100th block of Maple Street late afternoon Monday following a report of a stabbing. While en route, police were given a description of the suspect. When police arrived at the area they immediately located a woman, later identified as Esther Stone, who matched the description.

Officers also located a 32-year-old female victim who had a knife wound to her neck area. She was transported to Franciscan Hospital by La Porte County EMS and, due to the severity of her injuries, later transferred to an another hospital via helicopter.

Police said that an update on the status of the victim is not available at this time.

After processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses, police learned that the stabbing occurred as a result of a family dispute. Police were advised that the victim and Stone are cousins. The victim had accused Stone of stealing from their grandmother, which led to the altercation. Officers collected evidence from the scene, including what is believed to be the knife used in the attack.

Stone was taken into custody without incident near the scene. She was formally charged on Tuesday with one count of aggravated battery as a Level 3-Felony and two counts of battery as a Level 5-Felony. She is being held at the La Porte County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Her initial court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 in La Porte Superior Court 1.

The police department is asking anyone with information or surveillance cameras (such as Ring doorbell cameras) in the area of the 100 block of Maple Street to contact Det. Kay Pliske, lead detective, at 219-874-3221, ext. 1086. The public can also contact the police via Facebook messenger or through the crime tip hotline number, 219-873-1488. People can always request to remain anonymous, police said.

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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