Police: Daughter’s stabbing of mom unprovoked


Police in Lower Providence Township have charged a 29-year-old Eagleville woman with attempted murder in the unprovoked stabbing of her mother.

Police Chief Francis L. Carroll said officers responding to the report of a disturbance in the 100 block of Eaglestream Drive, Eagleville, at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday, found a 5-year-old girl sitting on the steps of an apartment building.

She told officers that her mother and grandmother were fighting inside an apartment.

The officers went inside and found Lauren Kimmel, of the 100 block of Eaglestream Drive, on top of her mother, Barbara Gress, 59, of the 100 block of Magnolia Court, Collegeville.

Police said Kimmel had one hand over her mother’s mouth and nose and the other on Gress's throat. Gress's shirt was soaked in blood, and officers said she had sustained a stab wound of her upper left chest. When asked what happened, Gress replied, "She stabbed me," police reported.

Lower Providence Emergency Medical Services treated Gress at the scene and then drove her to a landing zone at the Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company at Ridge Pike and East Mount Kirk Avenue.

Gress was flown by a PennStar medical helicopter to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she was being treated for her injuries.

Kimmel was taken into custody by Lower Providence police and charged with criminal attempt at murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possessing instruments of crime, and endangering the welfare of children.

The 5-year-old was turned over to the custody of a family member.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Gress and the child, who lives with Gress, were visiting Kimmel in her apartment. Gress was sitting on a couch in the living room watching television when Kimmel, without provocation, approached Gress and stabbed her in the chest using a serrated steak knife with a four-inch blade, police said.

Kimmel then continued to assault Gress with her hands.

During a court hearing, Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar of Collegeville ordered Kimmel held on $500,000 cash bail at the county prison.

A preliminary hearing was set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Collegeville.