ONLY ON 3: Teen couple says stabbing was an accident


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville High School student-athlete got a painful lesson in love this week. The teenager’s girlfriend stabbed him in the head after getting jealous of other girls, but the couple says it was all a big accident.

Quamain Rose spends a lot of his time avoiding contact from would-be tacklers on the gridiron and defenders on the hardwood as a member of Whiteville High’s football and basketball teams. But early Wednesday morning, it was his girlfriend Josalyn Powell inflicting the pain.

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“I went to sleep, and she went through my phone and saw some text messages from other females,” Rose said.

Rose said an angry Powell woke him up threatening to get a knife. When she did, he fought back.

“I was angry or whatever and went into the kitchen and got a knife to scare him, and when he saw I had a knife, he tried to tackle me head first,” Powell said.

She says Rose pushed her onto a couch and her head hit a wall. When she stood up again, that’s when Powell said she accidentally cut Rose above his right eye.

“I never thought it would go this far,” Rose said. “It shocked me.”

Powell and Rose have a child together, and powell said she didn’t intend to actually use the knife on Rose.

“I just cut my baby daddy, and I’m scared he might die or something,” Powell said. “My mind was just blank. I didn’t know what to do.”

Rose was taken to the hospital soon after, and received seven stitches above his right eye. Powell, very distraught over what she did, said she turned herself in and was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injuries.

“She didn’t mean to do it,” Rose said. “I know she didn’t mean to do it. It’s just when I pushed her down, she came back off the chair and got me in my eye.”

Rose was back at basketball practice yesterday and plans to play in tomorrow’s game against North Brunswick.

Powell is scheduled to appear in court February 7.