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New mother stabbed after confronting gang who woke baby

Donna Cross stepped outside to tell the youths to 'shut up' and was stabbed in the chest

Published 21/03/2016 | 10:17

Donna Cross
Donna Cross

A new mother is lucky to be alive after being stabbed in the chest by a gang she confronted who had woken up her baby.

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Donna Cross, 33, was said to have "reached the end of her tether" when the youths woke up her eight-week-old daughter Jordannah-Skye.

When she went outside and told one of the gang to "shut up" she was stabbed, with the blade narrowly missing her heart.

Ms Cross was rushed to King's College Hospital for emergency surgery after losing two-and-a-half pints of blood. She also suffered damage to her breast-bone.

Her boyfriend, Jon Stone, 32, said: "It all happened so quickly; neither of us realised she had been stabbed at first.

"Then Donna felt the blood on her chest. I thought she was going to die. All I could think of was our baby daughter being left without her mum."

The group of youths fled the scene following the attack on the doorstep of her home in Chatham, Kent, on Tuesday.

A 19-year-old boy was arrested, but has since been released without charge.

Mr Stone added: "It should be treated as attempted murder.

"There are always youths hanging about in the street, making noise. Donna had just reached the end of her tether."

He described the knife-wielding thug as a slim white woman, aged around 18, with long brown hair and wearing a tracksuit.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police was called at 8.45pm on Tuesday, March 15 to a report of an assault in Southill Road, Chatham.

"A woman was taken to a London hospital for treatment to her injuries.

"A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released without charge.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident."

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