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16-year-old accused of
stabbing neighbor

Victim suffers wounds
to ear and shoulder

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A teen went into a neighbor's apartment and attacked her with a screwdriver over money, Decatur police said Thursday.

"He stabbed her several times. Her right ear had been punctured and she had stab wounds to her left shoulder," police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews said.

Officers went to Decatur General Hospital early Thursday to speak with the victim, Tanishia Lacrea Jones, 21.

Jones told them that an acquaintance entered her residence, 1214 North St S.E., Apartment B, Thursday morning about midnight, Mathews said.

The acquaintance, 16-year-old Cornelius Parnell Brown, who lives in Apartment D in the same complex, demanded money and began stabbing Jones with the screwdriver, Mathews said.

After the stabbing, Jones gave him her cash and he left. Police did not disclose the amount of money Brown allegedly took.

Charged with felony

Officers later found Brown at his residence and took him into custody. Police charged Brown as an adult with first-degree burglary, a class A felony.

If convicted, he could face a sentence of 10 to 99 years or life in prison, and fines up to $60,000.

He remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Decatur General Hospital treated and released Jones, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

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