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Man charged in stabbing of his mother

February 08, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HALFWAY

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A 43-year-old man was charged with stabbing his mother in their Halfway home Monday night, according to charging documents filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Daniel Harp, of 11234 Scarlet Oak Drive, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault in connection with a stabbing that occurred about 10 p.m.

When deputies arrived at his home, they found Harp sitting in his mother's bedroom, where his mother, Nancy Harp, 68, was lying in her bed, the victim of a stabbing, police said.

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Nancy Harp was in serious condition Tuesday night at Washington County Hospital, a nursing supervisor there said.

Daniel Harp was being held without bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.

According to charging documents, Nancy Harp's husband, Dewitt Harp Jr., told deputies, "My wife and son are upstairs. My son stabbed my wife."

Deputies found a blood-stained kitchen knife, which was 8 to 10 inches long, on the bedroom floor, charging documents state.

Daniel Harp was ordered into the hallway and placed in handcuffs, court documents state.

According to deputies, Nancy Harp was conscious and told them her son stabbed her. She "appeared to have sustained several stab wounds to her torso," court documents state.

Dewitt Harp told police that he had been sleeping in another bedroom when his son told him, "I stabbed her, call the law," according to charging documents.

Daniel Harp, who regularly provided care for his mother, who has health problems, had been drinking that night, Dewitt Harp told police, charging documents state.

In an interview at Sheriff's Department headquarters, Harp said that before he stabbed his mother in her bedroom, the two had been drinking at the kitchen table, deputies said.

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