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Mother, daughter charged in stabbing

November 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A city woman and her mother were charged with felony domestic assault and battery after the younger woman allegedly slashed and stabbed her mother’s husband with a steak knife Tuesday night.
Police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at 2281 Diamond Hill Road at 9:48 that night and encountered Winston Singleton, 55, walking away from the residence while bleeding from apparent stab wounds and cuts. During questioning by investigating officers, Singleton said his wounds were the result of an attack by his wife, 48-year-old Antoinette Briggs, and her daughter, Katrina Briggs, 25.
Singleton was found to have a cut to the back of his head, a gash on his forehead, a gash behind his ear, a stab wound to the left rib area, and scrapes on both knees, police said.
Katrina Briggs told police at the scene she had stabbed Singleton but had done so in self-defense during a confrontation in her mother’s apartment. Antoinette Briggs concurred with that explanation, police said.
The daughter told police her mother had come to her apartment to say Singleton was causing problems in the couple’s apartment and that both women went back to confront him. Briggs said she did not know why she and her mom chose not to just call the police first.
Singleton had appeared to be in an intoxicated state when the women arrived at the apartment and he began to throw things around, breaking his wife’s possessions, police said. The daughter said she and her mother were able to get Singleton outside but he began threatening to kill them.
Katrina Briggs told police she believed Singleton’s threats, thus she began to flail at him with the knife but did not know how many times or whereabouts on his body she had stabbed him, police said.
Katrina and Antoinette Briggs were charged with felony domestic assault and battery and Singleton with misdemeanor domestic assault and domestic vandalism.
Rescue personnel assisted Singleton at the scene.

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