According to The Reporter, Lauren Michelle Kimmel’s preliminary court hearing was postponed last week in order for Kimmel to undergo a competency evaluation. Kimmel, 29, of the 100 block of Eaglestream Drive, allegedly stabbed her mother during a family visit on Aug. 28. She has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, possessing instruments of crime, endangering welfare of children and other related crimes.
Kimmel’s lawyer, Thomas Curluccio, requested the postponement before District Court Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar.
According to the affidavit, police were dispatched to the Eaglestream Apartments in Eagleville for a report of a disturbance . Upon arrival, officers found a young girl crying on the front steps. The child told police that her mother and grandmother were fighting, and led police to the apartment.
Police found Kimmel on top of another woman, later identified as her mother and the child’s grandmother. According to the affidavit, Kimmel had one hand on the woman's mouth and the other on her throat. Officers observed a stab wound on the mother's left chest, near her heart.
According to the affidavit, Kimmel’s mother told police the incident occurred without provocation while she was watching TV and seated on her couch. Kimmel’s mother said that during the incident, Kimmel had stabbed her and said, “I want my life back.”
Officers located a bloodied, serrated four-inch steak knife in the proximity where the woman with the knife wound was laying.
She was transported to University of Pennsylvania Hospital for emergency treatment of her wounds. The depth of the stab wound was estimated to be four inches.
According to The Reporter, Kimmel is currently in county jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail, and the child is staying with another family member.
A woman identifying herself as Kimmel’s mother contacted Patch in an e-mail last week concerning the incident.
“I lost my daughter, my daughters lost a sister, my granddaughter lost her mother, and myself and my granddaughter went through a horribly violent event that nearly took my life,” she said. “None of us will ever be the same."
The woman did not respond to several attempts by Patch for further comment.