Bethalto Woman Accused of Stabbing Elderly Mother

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman is jailed on charges that accuse her of stabbing her 74-year-old mother during a dispute over the daughter’s drinking.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Madison County prosecutors have charged 44-year-old Jan Madison of Bethalto with armed violence and aggravated battery to a person older than 60.

Bethalto Police Detective Sgt. Craig Welch says the women argued about Madison’s drinking just before midnight Sunday at their home before Madison attacked the mother with a kitchen knife.

Welch says the mother’s injuries were significant but not life-threatening. She escaped and got help from neighbors.

Madison is jailed on $200,000 bond.

Calls to the family’s home Tuesday went unanswered. Online court records don’t show whether Madison has an attorney.

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