Woman arrested following stabbing incident – Port Stephens – Hunter Region

A woman has been arrested and taken to hospital following an incident at Salamander Bay in the states Hunter Region today.

About 5.40pm (Tuesday 27 August 2019), a 26-year-old woman – who was allegedly armed with a knife – was walking along Soldiers Point Road, Salamander Bay with her 5-year-old daughter.

Near the intersection of Scott Circuit, the woman got into the back-seat of a car that was stopped and occupied by a man and his 15-year-old daughter.

The woman allegedly stabbed the man with the knife – that was covered by a protective sheath – causing minor lacerations to his shoulder.

The woman got out of the car and walked with her child towards the shopping precinct where she entered a supermarket. A number of staff and customers at the store ran outside and locked the doors while calling police.

The woman caused minor cuts and abrasions to a number of customers inside the store with the sheath-covered-knife before turning it on her child causing lacerations to her head.

Police arrived and arrested the woman without incident. She was taken to Mater Hospital under police guard where she is being treated for lacerations to her fingers and head and will undergo a mental health assessment.

Her daughter was taken to John Hunter Hospital where she is being treated for lacerations to her scalp which are considered non-life-threatening.

Three men attended a local clinic for superficial injuries.

Investigations continue.