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Mother, daughter injured in stabbing

PHOENIX ' A Phoenix woman attacked her mother with a knife, then turned the knife on herself during an alleged attack and suicide attempt Monday that stemmed from a fight over the daughter's medication, authorities said.

Pearl R. Putman, 23, allegedly used a paring knife to stab her mother three times in the — p.m. attack at the apartment the pair shared in the 1100 block of North Rose Road on the north end of Phoenix, said city Police Chief Bob Kershaw.

Pearl Putman then locked herself in the apartment's bathroom, where police believe she slit both her wrists with the 6-inch knife, Kershaw said.

The daughter went off the deep end, Kershaw said.

Her mother suffered stab wounds in her left shoulder, back and left arm, Kershaw said.

Both women were taken by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, where both were listed Monday evening in fair condition, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

— Kershaw said the pair quarreled earlier Monday about the younger Putman's medication. The mother took her daughter's medication so the daughter couldn't abuse it, and that triggered the attack, Kershaw said.

Pearl Putman was not arrested Monday, and police plan to forward their case today to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for possible charges, Kershaw said.

The younger Putman could face a second-degree assault charge, even though her mother told investigators that she did not want to pursue criminal charges from the attack, Kershaw said.

In this case, (the victim) may not have that choice, Kershaw said. This is a domestic situation and by statute we're obligated to take some type of enforcement action.