Convicted stabber, 18, released from jail into her aunt's custody

Cary Ashby • Apr 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A teenager who stabbed her brother will be living with her aunt.

Former Norwalk resident Katelyn N. Taylor, 18, will be living with her aunt, Elizabeth Hoover, of Milan. While on three years of intensive probation, Taylor must undergo psychological and substance abuse counseling. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Hoover told him she's willing to drive her niece to probation office and counseling appointments.

Conway and attorneys said they had done a thorough search for a facility in which Taylor could be treated, but one wasn't available to the court.

In late January, the defendant pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault for stabbing her brother, who suffered a punctured lung. The Nov. 11 stabbing, which was investigated by the Norwalk Police Department, happened after a domestic dispute.

Taylor's grandmother spoke briefly on behalf of the victim during Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

"He has said he doesn't want his sister to go to prison. It would be counterproductive," the grandmother said.

Instead, Taylor's bother recommended his sister get treatment -- which the state recommended Tuesday. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said since an appropriate in-patient facility wasn't available for Taylor and due to the unusual circumstances of the case, the state recommended the defendant be released from the Huron County Jail into a court-approved residence.

Taylor didn't speak to the judge directly Tuesday, but instead spoke quietly to her attorney, Huron County Public Defender David Longo. He said his client was "feeling almost physically ill" about what happened to her brother and while Taylor didn't want to "speak on the record," she wanted the court to know she loves her brother dearly.

The stabbing, Longo said, has its roots in "a troubled home situation" from many years ago and the Nov. 11 dispute started between Taylor and her mother.

"She and her mother are oil and water. ... She doesn't want to go back to that situation," Longo said.

"She's been in jail since Veteran's Day. To her credit, she has earned her GED while she was in jail," the public defender added.

During the dispute, Taylor's mother took a child out of the home, prosecutors said, and because Taylor was acting bizarrely, there was some yelling and the mother didn't know who might be in harm's way. Police later found the 20-year-old stabbing victim inside an Old State Road residence and Taylor's brother initially refused to say who attacked him.

Detectives contacted Taylor during the investigation. Officers recovered the knife inside her apartment and seized an article of clothing worn by the victim when he was stabbed.

"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," Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said earlier.

Judge Conway ruled the stabbing happened under circumstances that were unlikely to re-occur.

"She has expressed remorse for her activities," the judge said.

If Taylor violates the terms of her probation, she faces three years in prison.

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