CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Washington County woman is facing charges for allegedly throwing a knife at her daughter and threatening to set her on fire.
It was around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon when Chartiers Township Police got a call to come to a home on Ivy Court for a mother-daughter domestic dispute.
“You don’t know what happened here Sunday, nobody knows what happened here Sunday, and I did not do what the police report said I did,” said Adeline Steede, the victim’s mother.
According to the criminal complaint, 34-year-old Adeline Steede got into an argument with her 12-year-old daughter and it escalated in a big way.
The 12-year-old told investigators that her mother came at her with a steak knife, chased her and then threw the knife at her. Police say Steede then chased the child with a lighter and threatened to set her on fire.
The Observer-Reporter reports that the argument started over breakfast. The girl reportedly wanted cinnamon buns instead of cereal.
But Steede says it actually started over something else.
“She wanted to go back shopping again; that’s what really started it,” said Steede.
Steede says she and her daughter had gone shopping Saturday, but says the child kept nagging her, and because of Steede’s mental issues, she told KDKA’s Brenda Waters that she lost it.
“The only mistake I did, I grabbed the knife out of the kitchen. I did throw it, but she was all the way down at the other end of the house,” said Steede.
Waters: “You never picked up the lighter?”
Steede: “She was yelling at me, and all I did was throw that out into the yard, that’s all I did.”
Steede was arrested and spent two days in the Washington County Jail. When she made bail, she says her daughter gave her a hug.
“She just hugged me. My daughter loves me, she honestly loves me,” said Steede. “She said she was sorry. She said, ‘I’ll speak out for you, mom, because I do not want you to go back to jail.’”
Steede is facing a variety of charges including, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
For now, the 12-year-old remains with her family. Her mother has a preliminary hearing scheduled later this month.