An Upper Marlboro man was charged with assault with intent to murder after allegedly stabbing his 5-year-old daughter repeatedly in the chest and side while she lay in her bed yesterday morning, according to Prince George's County police.
Police said David Ellsworth Hines, 39, of 14508 Marlborough Circle, refused to talk and has told them nothing about himself or about yesterday's incident. He is being held on $100,000 bond and was taken to the Prince George's Correctional Center.
Police said that after having an argument with his 30-year-old common-law wife, Hines ran downstairs at 8:45 a.m. and grabbed a kitchen knife from a cabinet.
Hines then raced back upstairs to his daughter's bedroom and stabbed Danielle Deshar Hines once in the chest and seven times in the left side, police said.
The child's mother apparently heard the girl's screams and ran into the room, grabbed the child from her bed and ran out of the town house, police said.
The woman, who police declined to identify, went to the next-door neighbor's home where she called for an ambulance and police. The girl was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where she was listed in stable condition last night.
Police said they found Hines still in the bedroom and "subdued him," said a police spokesman, Cpl. Bruce D. Gentile.
A neighbor said that Hines' behavior was "very unexpected" and that her next-door neighbors "kept to themselves."
Another neighbor, Janet Shifflet, said the three-year-old neighborhood is a combination of quadplexes and two- and three-bedroom town houses that overlook Schoolhouse Lake and sell for about $90,000.
The development is within the town limits of Upper Marlboro.