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Woman pleads to assault charge in steak knife stabbing of man

WILLMAR -- Jennifer Jane Garling, 40, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of third-degree assault for stabbing a man with a steak knife in December.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from second-degree. She will be sentenced April 8.

The charge was filed after Atwater police and Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called around 1 a.m. Dec. 28 to the 500 block of Second Street South. They found Garling attempting to leave in a vehicle with a 6-year-old child.

Officers located a man inside the home with blood running down his arm. He said that Garling had stabbed him, and a 14-year-old child had witnessed the incident.

Garling claimed the man had slammed her into a door and that she'd taken the knife to protect herself.

The child interrupted Garling's statement and told her not to lie, adding that the man was attempting to get away from Garling when he was stabbed. The child called a relative who called 911 to report the incident.

Garling was subsequently arrested. The man was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of the wound on his arm. In a statement taken at the hospital, the man said he had gone to a local bar while Garling was being abusive to the children. He said Garling followed him there and then back home. He said Garling had broken windows at the home and assaulted him, but quit when one of the children woke up.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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