Thursday, September 2, 2004

Woman charged in fatal stabbing

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - A local woman is charged with murder after police say she fatally stabbed a 17-year-old girl during an argument on a street corner early Wednesday.

Shawna Batchelder, 30, is being held in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bond. She is accused of stabbing Nicole Appleby at Ross Avenue and South D Street about 1:20 a.m., Hamilton Police Officer Don Taylor said.

"According to the report, there was some type of argument between the victim and the suspect," Taylor said.

Police dispatchers received several frantic 911 calls for help from neighbors and Appleby's grandmother immediately after the stabbing.

Appleby, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest, was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say they know of no connection between Appleby and Batchelder, but the teen's mother said the two had been at odds.

The teen "just had words with her off and on for several days," said Tisha Rommel, Appleby's mother. "It was just a matter of time before they got into it. It was an ongoing thing.''

Appleby was the youngest of three children. She had been living with her grandparents on Main Street in Hamilton for the last several months, family members said. Though not in school, Appleby hoped to get a GED when she turned 18, her mother said.

"She was a great kid," Rommel said. "She would give someone the shirt off her back if they needed it. She really enjoyed being around children.''


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