Stabbing suspect allegedly stabs a fellow inmate – Arkansas News

Stabbing suspect allegedly stabs a fellow inmate – Arkansas News

JOSH DOOLEY, jdooley@baxterbulletin.com
Published 11:59 a.m. CT Aug. 1, 2017 | Updated 12:00 p.m. CT Aug. 1, 2017

A 24-year-old Mountain Home woman in jail for allegedly stabbing a woman in February of last year, now faces an additional charge of aggravated assault for allegedly using a homemade knife to stab a fellow Baxter County jail inmate.

In addition to the first-degree battery charge she faces for the alleged stabbing incident at a Mountain Home motel last year, Vanessa Henschel now faces additional charges of aggravated assault and impairing operations of a vital public facility.

On July 24, Henschel was in her cell when inmate Jessica Lee and a few others, entered the cell to have a bible study, according to a report written by Cpl. Craig Kocka of the jail staff.

Lee reported Henschel said nothing. All of a sudden, Henschel reportedly attacked Lee, stabbing her with a homemade shank, hitting her in the face and stomping on her wrist. Following the alleged attack, Henschel locked herself in her cell.

Another female inmate reportedly found the shank, which was fashioned out of a pen, tape, rubber band what appeared to jailers to be a sharpened piece of metal fencing.

Lee was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center where she was treated for what were described as minor injuries and released back to jail staff.

Jailers went to Henschel’s cell, told her to put her clothes on, then had her lay on her stomach with her hands behind her back. She was then escorted to an isolation cell where she was asked about the incident.

Henschel declined to say anything, a common theme during her court appearances for the original stabbing…

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