The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 27, 2012

Joplin woman accused of stabbing father

A 28-year-old woman is accused of cutting her father’s throat and clobbering her grandmother with a chair during a fight Saturday at a Joplin home.

Police and emergency medical help were called at 6:46 p.m. to the 2000 block of South Murphy Avenue regarding a domestic disturbance and found Kenneth C. Nelums, 52, at the front of the home with a serious stab wound to his throat.

Nelums was taken to Freeman Hospital West, where he was admitted for treatment of the wound.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said officers located Nelums’ daughter, Jennifer M. Nelums, 2612 S. Iowa Ave., hidng in an alley at the back of the residence.

“She had gone out the back door and was found to the north of the house,” Niess said.

He said she was partially clothed and covered in blood. The daughter had a wound on her head believed to have been inflicted during an alleged fight with her father. She also was taken to the hospital and treated prior to being placed under arrest.

Niess said Julia Nelums, 70, the grandmother of Jennifer Nelums, was with her son at the front of the house when police arrived. She did not require medical assistance, although she allegedly was struck with a chair during the disturbance.

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has charged Jennifer Nelums with first-degree domestic assault, second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.

In jail

Jennifer Nelums remained in custody Monday night at the Joplin City jail on $25,000 bond.

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