Fingerprints, DNA gathered in stabbing of pregnant woman

Investigators are hoping fingerprints or DNA found at the scene of a stabbing of a pregnant woman earlier this month will lead to an arrest.

Police Chief Bill Abbott said detectives took that evidence from the scene in the 100 block of West Brown Street in Seymour and sent it to the Indiana State Police lab.

Fingerprints have been run through an Automated Fingerprint Identification System to see if any criminals in the database match, he said.

Other evidence also has been sent to the lab to be processed, which can take up to

15 days, he said.

“We’ve exhausted everything we can do on our end,” Abbott said, referring to a thorough check of the neighborhood and interviewing the woman’s acquaintances.

“Right now, it’s going to come down to fingerprints or the DNA to help us out, provided that person has a criminal history,” Abbott said.

The stabbing was reported at 7:38 a.m. Dec. 6 after a woman, who is in her early 20s and was about 16 weeks

pregnant, was attacked in her home as she was sleeping,

Abbott said.

Police said the man entered the woman’s residence and began to cover her face.

A fight ensued, and the woman was stabbed at least six times with a steak knife. The worst wounds were to her right eye, arms and head, Abbott said.

The woman was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and then to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Her unborn child was not injured during the attack, and the woman was recovering from her injuries, Abbott said.

The assailant was described as white with short hair.

While the man stole a few items before he fled the woman’s residence, the motive for the break-in is not clear,

Abbott said.