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Woman, 21, charged with stabbing Imperial man, 52, during burglary

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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 2:05 pm | Updated: 2:09 pm, Mon Aug 12, 2013.

Christina Dawn Fudge, 21, of Ironton has been charged with several felonies after allegedly burglarizing a home in the 3600 block of Morgan Way Drive in Imperial at about 10:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 9) and stabbing a 52-year-old man who lives there, authorities report.

The man was stabbed once in the chest and once in the back, but his injuries were not life-threatening, said Lt. Col. Steve Meinberg of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was still hospitalized today (Aug. 12), Meinberg added.

Fudge also recently lived on Morgan Way in Imperial, court records show.

However, the victim didn’t know her, Meinberg said.

Fudge reportedly told deputies she entered the victim’s home through an unlocked door, in an effort to get keys to a vehicle so she could steal it, according to the probable-cause statement.

Fudge also told deputies she was depressed over a child-custody issue and had been drinking vodka at her home before she decided to steal a vehicle so she could drive to Belleview in Iron County “to murder her former boyfriend, his sister and her husband,” the probable-cause statement alleged.

“(Fudge) advised she was willing to murder anyone who attempted to stop her,” the report said.

After Fudge allegedly entered the victim’s home, armed with a butcher knife, the victim heard a noise, went to investigate and confronted the woman, who began stabbing him, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The man’s wife and 23-year-old son were upstairs, and after hearing the scuffle, the son ran downstairs and disarmed the woman and held her down until deputies arrived to arrest her, Meinberg said.

Neither the son nor Fudge was injured during the incident, Meinberg said.

Fudge was charged today with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of burglary in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action.

The assault charge is a class A felony and carries a penalty of 10 to 30 years or life in prison.

The burglary charge is a class B felony, punishable by five to 15 years in prison.

Each of the armed criminal action charges is an unclassified felony and carries a sentence of not less than three years.

Fudge was being held today in the Jefferson County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.