Cops: Man stabbed while protecting grandma

A 26-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach by his uncle for intervening in a fight between his uncle and his grandmother early Saturday morning in Upper Darby, according to police.

Officers responded to a disconnected 911 call around 3 a.m. on Clinton Road near Crosley Avenue and were met by Leslie Pettis, 39, who told police that he'd had "a little fight" with his nephew, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Leslie Pettis

However, when police made their way in the house, Pettis' nephew was found bleeding from a stab wound to his stomach. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable.

According to police, Pettis was arguing with his mother - who is also his nephew's grandmother - when his nephew felt he was disrespecting the woman and stepped in to intervene. 

That's when Pettis grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer and stabbed the victim in the stomach, police said.

According to Chitwood, both men had been drinking prior to the incident.

Pettis, of Philadelphia, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses.