A Richmond County woman was in jail Monday, accused of stabbing her boyfriend and cleaning the weapon and the crime scene afterward.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office believes Lydianette Benjamin of Hephzibah stabbed her boyfriend in front of her 13-year-old and 8-year-old daughters Sunday night, according to an arrest report obtained by the Augusta Chronicle. About 10 p.m. Sunday, authorities believe the 36-year-old stabbed the man with a large butcher knife at her home in the 2000 block of Sherbourne Drive.
Benjamin concealed the knife before investigators arrived by placing it in a sink full of soapy water, according to arrest warrants. Authorities also believe she swept the floor where the stabbing occurred.
She is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, possession of a firearm or knife during crime and tampering with evidence, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Office jail records. She is being held on a $5,700 bond at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.
The victim was in stable condition at the Augusta University Medical Center as of Monday afternoon.