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Hephzibah Woman Stabs Man with Butcher Knife in Front of Her Daughters & Then Washes Weapon in Soapy Water


A Hephzibah woman was charged with stabbing a man Sunday night in front of her two daughters, leading to charges of aggravated assault and child cruelty.

Lydianette Benjamin, 36, is accused of stabbing Terry Cantlow Sunday night with a butcher knife with a blade more than 7 inches long, according to arrest warrants.

From the victim’s Facebook page.

The incident took place on Sherbourne Drive in Hephzibah and sent the victim to Augusta University Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, a warrant says.

Benjamin allegedly stabbed the victim while her own 8-year-old and 13-year-old daughters were present, causing them excessive metal pain, the arrest warrant says. The woman was also charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly altering the crime scene by placing the butcher knife in a sink of soapy dish water and sweeping the floor where the incident happened.

A Facebook page for the victim shows Benjamin wishing him a Happy Valentine’s Day.

For more crime news, pick up the latest edition of The Jail Report, sold in local gas stations.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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