An Oklahoma woman accused of fatally stabbing her neighbor as retaliation to a fight between their daughters was arrested.
According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, on Oct. 13, Kayla Shanee McNeal, 31,fatally stabbed her neighbor, 29-year-old Vanessa Wade after confronting her about a fight between their daughters.
Police learned that prior to the stabbing, McNeal's 10-year-old daughter and Wade's 17-year-old daughter were in a fight before McNeal broke it up. After, Wade's daughter went across the street and called Wade, who was not home at the time.
Later, when Wade return home, she went across the street to get her mail and an altercation with McNeal began, police say. The incident ended with McNeal fatally stabbing Wade with a kitchen knife, according to police.
Wade died at a nearby hospital, according to KOKH.
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McNeal was taken to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office to be interviewed, but she declined to talk, police say. She is charged with murder and is being held at the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
"It's tragic in that you have families on both sides that will be impacted forever. There are kids that are involved too, kids that will both lose their mothers as a result of this," OCSO Public Information Officer Aaron Brilbeck said, according to KOKH. "The real victims here are the kids. The kids are going to have to be raised now without mothers."
Brilbeck said the incident could have been avoided, KOKH reported.
"Kids fight, that's the reality of life. There's no reason for parents to let it get physical between them, also," Brilbeck said. "We understand that emotions run high, but when emotions run high, sometimes we don't think clearly. The result is there is a mom who is dead and a mom who will probably spend the rest of her life in prison. And it's a tragedy all the way around."
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