Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 132 South Springwood Blvd. in Crawfordville at 3:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and arrested a 39-year-old female suspect for stabbing her 62-year-old mother multiple times, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
Deborah Lynn Sterling was arrested for attempted first degree murder at the scene. The WCSO received a 911 call about a verbal disagreement between the two females that turned physical and involved a knife.
When deputies arrived at the home they discovered signs of a struggle and blood around the home. Sterling was discovered on the second floor of the home as Deputy Brett Surace was granted entry and searched the home. She was detained by the deputy who also discovered the victim on the first floor of the home. Two juveniles were also inside the home at the time of the altercation.
Deputy Surace found the victim, Donetta Eugena Sterling, with multiple injuries including a laceration to her neck. The deputy applied pressure on the victim’s wounds until Wakulla Emergency Medical Service personnel arrived on scene and took over treatment.
The juveniles, ages 11 and 17, were interviewed and confirmed that the verbal disagreement turned physical. One of the juveniles struck the suspect in the head to get her off the victim. The victim was transported by Wakulla EMS to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment where she is in stable condition.
Deputies are still seeking the knife used in the attack. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was called in to assist with the search. Deputy Anthony Paul, Deputy Anthony Ammons, Lt. Jimmy Sessor, Detective Richard Moon, Detective Randy Phillips, CSI Rae Eddens and Captain Randall Taylor also investigated.