Elderly woman charged after N.S. teen stabbed in eye
Published Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:07AM EDT Last Updated Monday, September 29, 2014 6:35AM EDT
A Dartmouth, N.S. teen says his basketball dreams may be over after he was stabbed in the eye while visiting an elderly woman in his neighbourhood on Saturday.
Police said the 74-year-old woman was arrested at the scene. She is facing charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and possession of a dangerous weapon.
In an interview with CTV Atlantic, Sheamus Mason, 15, said he was visiting friends at the suspect’s home when the incident occurred.
“She started waving the knife around,” Mason said. He said he asked the woman to put the weapon down, but she stabbed him instead.
Mason has had one surgery and could require more. Doctors say he could lose the sight in his eye.
“I guess if they have no way to fix my eye, then I guess I have no future left for basketball,” Mason said on Sunday.
When approached by CTV Atlantic, the female suspect denied stabbing Mason.
"I didn't stab him," she said. "He's making it up … I'm not saying anymore."
The woman has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court.
Sheamus Mason’s guardian and grandmother, Belinda Mason, says she’s upset that she wasn’t informed about the suspect’s release.
“I’m angry as hell that the police did not contact me and let me know that she was out,” Belinda Mason said.
She said the suspect’s home is a hangout for local kids.
Police have not said anything about a possible motive for the stabbing.