Sister Blames Ham-Cutting Accident After Sister Stabbing

PEORIA — Stabbed in the gut, a Peoria County woman blamed her sister, who in turn blamed a ham-cutting accident, police say.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Peoria County sheriff’s deputies were called regarding a stabbing at a residence in the 3300 block of West Augustana Avenue, just west of Peoria’s western city limit. Deputies arrived to find a resident, Carolinn Carpentier, 48, standing in the driveway, holding her stomach, according to a police report. Two puncture wounds were visible to her abdomen, the report stated.

As Carpentier was loaded into an ambulance, she said she had been on the second floor of the dwelling and arguing with her sister, who stabbed her twice, the report stated. Without offering specifics, Carpentier said “the only reason” for the stabbing would be that her sister was “jealous” of her, the report said.

Upstairs, deputies found a wood-handle pocketknife on a dresser and apparent blood droplets on the carpet, the report said.

The sister, Annajohn Carpentier, 49, who also lives at the residence, told deputies that the stabbing was an accident: “I was cutting up my ham when she ran into my knife.” Asked to describe the knife used, Annajohn Carpentier described the same pocketknife recovered from atop the dresser.

A deputy wrote in the report, “Note that while speaking to both Carolinn and Annajohn I detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their mouths.”

Three other people had been inside the home at the time of the stabbing. All said they’d seen nothing.

Annajohn Carpentier was transported to the Peoria County Jail and booked on charges of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery.

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