VINELAND - A 12-year-old and his older brother were arrested Friday and charged with the attempted murder of their mother the night before after they allegedly tried to stab her, police said.
Police said Carol Nicholson, 51, of the 2200 block of Adler Lane, called authorities shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday and reported being stabbed.
Nicholson was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City for treatment of her wounds, police said. She was listed in critical condition Friday evening.
Police said they arrived at the Adler Lane home, saw a car leaving the scene and "engaged in a short pursuit of the vehicle." Officers stopped the vehicle near Highland and Landis avenues and took two people into custody.
Charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and weapons offenses are David M. Stone, 22, also of the Adler Lane home, and his 12-year-old brother.
Neighbors identified Stone and the 12-year-old as Nicholson's sons.
City police and officials with the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office would not confirm that the suspects are Nicholson's children. Authorities also would not comment on what prompted the stabbing, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Stone is being held in the Cumberland County Jail on $500,000 bail. Officials with the Prosecutor's Office said no court appearance has been scheduled for Stone regarding the charges.
The juvenile is being held in the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center.
Residents on Adler Lane and Highland Avenue said Friday that they are shocked at what happened in a neighborhood they described as quiet and uneventful.
Neil Ensslen, who lives next to the Nicholson home, said Friday he did not realize anything was wrong until he went to check out a sound he heard. That's when he saw police, he said.
Ensslen said there was no indication of any problems at the Nicholson house.
"I feel very sad," Ensslen said Friday as he drove past the Nicholson home, where authorities were still investigating the incident.
Gabriel DeShields, 31, who lives on Highland Avenue, said the family always appeared to be "very nice." He said he washed Nicholson's car several times as part of a summer car-wash business he owns.
His mother, Deborah DeShields, said people in the neighborhood cannot believe what happened.
"I'm in shock," she said. "I really am."
The stabbing remains under investigation by the city's Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office.
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Anyone with information about Thursday's alleged stabbing can call the Vineland Police Detective Bureau at 856-691-4111, ext. 4180.