Woman charged after stabbing at DHS

Batesville Stabbing

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A 35-year-old Batesville woman was in court on Wednesday after police said she stabbed a Department of Human Services worker.

Batesville police said the incident started as a domestic dispute between Rebecca Engles Lovett and her mother at the DHS office on Weaver Avenue.

According to Investigator Jeff Sims, officers received a call around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon about a woman harming herself and others with a knife and a syringe.

The mother of Lovett went into the DHS office asking an employee to call the police because her daughter was having an episode.

The employee saw Lovett attacking a woman and two children. The three then went into the DHS office where Lovett tried to stab the children with a syringe.

When DHS employees tried to get Lovett to get the syringe from her arm, she put it in her neck.

That was when her 11-year-old son attempted to take the syringe from Lovett.

An employee approached Lovett to ensure the safety of the juvenile

Lovett then stabbed herself with the syringe and exited the building. Outside Lovett grabbed a knife and began cutting herself.

Two employees followed her outside. Lovett wanted her mother to come outside, but her mother said she would not go outside until Lovett put down the knife.

Lovett then started pointing the knife at the employees and began lunging at them with the knife.

In the process, a DHS worker was stabbed three times with non-life threatening injuries and another received cuts on her right hand and left forearm.

Two DHS employees and one witness were able to get the knife away from Lovett and hold her down until police came.

When police arrived, Lovett's mother said she picked her and her two children up from Case Street and was driving them to their home on Hix Lane in Batesville.

Lovett's mother said she attempted to commit suicide and was in therapy.

While driving, Lovett became violent with her mother and children.

Lovett's mother said she injected a cigarette with insulin and told her to smoke it. She said Lovett tried to stab her with a knife as she drove down the street. That was when she pulled into the DHS parking lot.

Both the DHS employee and Lovett were treated at an area hospital for their injuries.

Lovett was charged with second-degree battery, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault on a family or household member.

Lovett is currently in the Independence County Jail. Her bail was set at $75,000.

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