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Ashland woman faces attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing husband during fight

An Ashland woman is being held in Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bail for allegedly stabbing her husband, Ned Mansell Smith, in the chest with a chef’s knife. Rachel Ellen Smith, 42, faces charges of attempted murder, assault in the first-, second- and fourth-degree constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, Rachel Smith allegedly stabbed her husband in their Ashland apartment at 249 Wimer St., causing a significant injury, after he allegedly punched her in the chest during an argument, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with Jackson County Circuit Court.

“Ned said he does not know what precipitated Rachel stabbing him,” Ashland police Officer Bon Stewart wrote in the affidavit. “He said she was waving the knife around.”

Rachel Smith allegedly admitted to police that she stabbed her husband “because she was mad because he had punched her in the chest during an argument,” the affidavit said.

Two children were in the home at the time, but the Smiths said neither child witnessed the attack, according to the affidavit. Rachel Smith’s 11-year-old son called 911 at her direction, according to the report.

Ned was taken to the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance the night of the assault and required surgery. He remained in the hospital today and is in fair condition, according to Lauren Van Sickle, Asante senior public relations specialist.

What led to the assault is still under investigation, Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Lucy Durst said.

Rachel Smith made her first court appearance Monday. Her case is scheduled to go before a Jackson County grand jury Tuesday evening.

Contact Daily Tidings reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at cfowlkes@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4496. Follow her on Twitter @cfowlkes6.

(July 11: Story updated to remove the name of the son.)

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