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Two jailed after early morning stabbing on the East End

By From staff reports

Two people are being treated in an area hospital and a third person is in jail following an early morning stabbing on Rugby Street in Charleston's East End, said Sgt. Tony Hazelett of the Charleston Police Department.

Gary Turpin, 57, and Alice Early, 49, both of Charleston, are in Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, Hazelett said. Turpin is in serious but stable condition after suffering a stab wound to the chest, he said. Early, who was stabbed in the lower back, is listed in stable condition, he said.

Kerry Harvey, 42, of Charleston, is Turpin's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children, ages 13 and 9, Hazelett said. He said an altercation occurred when she went to Turpin's residence at 2 a.m. Wednesday and confronted him because a new girlfriend was there with the children.

The children witnessed the incident and Harvey took them with her, he said.

The children have been placed with Child Protective Services until relatives are contacted, he said. Kerry is lodged in South Central Regional Jail awaiting arraignment on charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding.


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