This is so sad…smh
CLEVELAND A woman allegedly stabbed by her best friend during an argument while sitting behind the wheel of a car tried to drive away and struck her attacker’s 2-year-old daughter, authorities said Friday. The woman and the girl both died. The toddler’s mother, Kimberly Black, 29, of Cleveland, was found naked several blocks away and was arrested.
The death of Sharice Swain, 29, of Cleveland, was being investigated as a homicide. Police identified the other victim as Kimshia Ruffin.
Her 1-year-old sibling, Taraji Ruffin, also was struck, but the injuries apparently were not life-threatening.
The violence began Thursday night when Black and Swain were sitting in a running car parked in Black’s driveway and got into an argument, police said. Black left the vehicle, went into her house, returned with a knife and stabbed Swain in the face and neck, police said.
According to Sgt. Sammy Morris, a police spokesman, Swain then stepped on the gas pedal and hit the two children. The car also struck a house, collapsing the roof of the porch.
The nature of the argument wasn’t disclosed, and it wasn’t clear if Swain hit the children intentionally or accidentally.
The women were “best friends since birth,” and Swain considered Black a cousin, according to the victim’s mother, Anita Swain.
Anita Swain said her daughter did not have any children and was employed as a factory worker.
She said she didn’t know what started the argument and declined to comment further.
Nikki Randall, 30, whose daughter goes to school with the suspect’s 6-year-old daughter, said neighbors who went to the aid of Sharice Swain think Black was the intended target of the revving vehicle.
“It was on purpose,” Randall said. “She was actually trying to hit the mama.”