Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in St. Pete stabbing; son charged with attempted first degree murder

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A woman is fighting for her life after being stabbed at a home in St. Petersburg Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Police said they responded to a stabbing in the 2300 block of 49th Street South shortly before 9 a.m.

The woman, 53-year old Pamela Yerby-Cole, had suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a local hospital for emergency surgery. Police said she remains hospitalized.

Police have charged her son 27-year-old Jabari Kalonji with attempted first degree murder.

Police said they have responded to numerous domestic and mental health calls at the home.

Kalonji has a history of prior arrests, including in January 2021 when police charged him with aggravated assault after he was accused of threatening to kill his mom with a knife.

“We’re trying to piece together exactly what led up to this. We know that we’ve been out there before. There has been a history of domestic issues and mental health issues there, but exactly what triggered this, this morning, we’re still trying to piece together,” said St. Petersburg Police Spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez.

An investigation is ongoing.

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