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Friday, August 11, 2017 2:50 pm

10-year term issued in stabbing of woman, infant

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for stabbing a woman and her infant son, badly injuring him, in February.

Taja McCarter, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery causing serious permanent disfigurement and battery with a deadly weapon. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, charges of battery causing serious bodily injury and two counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon were dismissed.

Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull handed McCarter a 10-year sentence for the aggravated battery charge and a six-year sentence for the battery charge. McCarter will serve the two sentences at the same time.

McCarter and Keairrase Lee, 24, had been in a relationship since September 2015, and Lee had just moved back in with McCarter in a home in the 2600 block of Oxford Street following a fight in January, Lee told police.

Lee called police Feb. 10 after McCarter kicked in the door where Lee had locked herself in with her three children.

McCarter stabbed Lee while she was holding her 11-month-old son, Keonn Lee. McCarter then stabbed the child several times.

When Lee put her son on the bed, McCarter attacked Lee again, punching her in the right temple with a closed fist, court records said.

The baby was critically injured and had to be taken to a hospital for surgery, court records said.

McCarter later told police she was at a bowling alley and didn't "know anything about a baby getting stabbed."

One of Lee's two older children told the Department of Child Services that McCarter had broken into the room with a large red pointed knife and stabbed Lee and the infant.

jchapman@jg.net