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Accused teen stabber indicted

Cary Ashby • Dec 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

A Norwalk teen accused of stabbing her brother in the back and a pair of suspected burglary co-defendants were among the 18 defendants indicted recently.

In one case, Katelyn N. Taylor, 18, of 408 S. Old State Road, Apt. 25, is charged with felonious assault in connection with a Nov. 11 incident. If convicted, she faces three to six years in prison.

"She stabbed her brother in the back with a kitchen knife," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said at Taylor's arraignment Monday.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told the soft-spoken defendant to speak up during the hearing.

Taylor was arrested after the Norwalk police and fire departments and North Central EMS responded to Taylor's apartment about a male victim who had been stabbed. Police found the 20-year-old victim inside the residence.

"(He) was alone when officers arrived and refused to tell the officers who stabbed him," said Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton, who investigated the case with Sgt. Seth Fry.

North Central transported the victim to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where it was learned he had a punctured lung.

"(He's) lucky; it could have been a lot worse," Woodruff said Monday.

During the investigation, police contacted Taylor.

"During an interview with Katelyn, she displayed signs of deception and a small amount of blood was observed on her sweatshirt. Katelyn was detained and it was later learned she had stabbed (her brother) with a kitchen knife," Fulton said.

Police secured the crime scene and obtained a search warrant. Officers recovered the knife inside Taylor's apartment and seized an article of clothing reportedly worn by the victim when he was stabbed as evidence.

Taylor, who has been unable to post a $25,000 bond, goes to trial Feb. 4. She is prohibited from having any contact with her brother.

The grand jury met Friday and the results were released Monday. Look for the full story in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.

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