Newport News woman accused of stabbing girlfriend over Facebook claims “self defense”

Posted at 12:11 AM, Jun 26, 2015

Newport News, Va. - A woman accused of stabbing her girlfriend during an argument over a Facebook post is saying she did it in self defense.

"I didn't mean to do it, it's just a fast reaction," says Tiffany Hartley.

Hartley says the two were arguing earlier in the day on Tuesday, so she went for a bike ride and said she would be right back.

When she did not return as quickly as she said, her girlfriend sent her a Facebook post calling her a liar. Hartley admits that she did send her a message back, calling the 19-year-old's family "stupid."

Hartley says after that, her girlfriend took the matter to Facebook. She apparently made Hartley's statement public and tagged her in it, but the post has since been deleted.

"That's how the argument started," says Hartley.

Hartley's girlfriend, who wishes to remain anonymous, told NewsChannel 3 on Wednesday that she tried to take the knife away from Hartley.

However, Hartley claims the couple did not fight over the knife. Instead, the knife was on the ground and she picked it up to get rid of it. After that, the stabbing happened.

"I didn't want to do it, that's the thing," she says.

Police say they arrested Hartley for malicious wounding and her girlfriend for assault and battery. Court documents show that the 19-year-old will be back in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on July 14th and Hartley will be back on August 7th,

In the meantime, Hartley is hoping the two can work past the incident.

"Facebook to me is too much drama and I don't need to go on Facebook," says Hartley. "I've been crying, I cry myself to sleep because I don't want to hold grudges."

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