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Daughter says mom touched her inappropriately before fatal stabbing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne woman accused in the death of her mother claims her mother touched her inappropriately before the attack.

Kennishewa Whitley, 24, is facing battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery in the stabbing death of her mother, 49-year-old Stacy Jennings.

Court documents filed Thursday reveal what Whitley says happened before the bloodshed.

Police say they were called to Villages of Hanna apartment complex just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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Police and medics were called out to the Villages of Hanna to reports of a fatal stabbing. Dec. 11, 2019.

Documents detail that Whitley called 911 telling the dispatcher her mother tried to assault her and that she then killed her.

Whitley told police she took a knife from Jennings and then used it to stab her.

Documents say when officers arrived, Whitley answered the door covered in blood with cellphone in hand.

Officers say they saw Jennings lying on the flood right inside the doorway face down, and not moving. They also say there was a large amount of blood on the floor.

Whitley was taken to the police headquarters to be interviewed.

Police say during the interview, Whitley told police her mother recently moved in with her. She says that night Jennings went to the store and later had two friends over.

Whitley says she told Jennings she didn't want people over and didn't want drugs in her apartment.

Later that evening, Whitley says she later found out her mom had a bag with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in it.

After arguing about what she found, Whitley says she fell asleep on the couch while her mother went to the room and listened to music while she drank.

Whitley told police she woke up to Jennings "touching her over the clothes in the genital area and touching her breasts."

She then told police they began to fight when Jennings went to the kitchen and grabbed two knives.

Whitley said Jennings threw a knife at her, but missed and hit the wall. Whitley then said Jennings "came at her" with the other knife but she was able to take the knife away.

That's when Whitley said she "just started swinging."

When officers asked Whitley if she felt she boiled over and lost control she said, "I did, I'm telling you I did."

The coroner conducted an autopsy and determined Jennings died due to multiple stab wounds to the chest and neck area and ruled her death a homicide.

A judge set Whitley's bond at $250,000.

She's due back in court on Dec. 17 for a hearing.

Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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