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A 14-year-old boy stabbed his 59-year-old grandmother in the neck at her Stella-area home Monday night, but she survived and is recovering at St. John Medical Center, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s office reported Tuesday morning.

The woman, Sharon Hesseldahl, is out of surgery, the sheriff’s office said shortly after 9 a.m.

In a press release, the sheriff’s office reported that Hesseldahl was stabbed with a “very large kitchen knife” while she slept on a couch.

Deputies were dispatched to the home around 8 p.m. after the woman’s brother, Kenneth Harla, reported the incident. Deputies found the grandson standing in the living room, motionless, when they arrived, the release said.

The 14-year-old boy was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on allegations of first-degree assault.

Chief Criminal deputy Charlie Rosenzweig said there is no known motive yet. The boy had only been staying at the home recently “due to past conflicts with his mother,” he said.

Sheriff’s officers are investigating a similar stabbing of the grandson’s mother recently in Skagit County.

Further details of that incident were not immediately available.



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