An Upper Marlboro woman accused of stabbing her son-in-law with a letter opener at the man's North Laurel home pleaded guilty to an assault charge this week.

Jeanette Mitchell, 56, of the 400 block of Dennis Magruder Drive, entered the guilty plea to one first-degree assault charge in the August incident on Jan. 13 in Howard County Circuit Court.


According to the statement of facts in the case, the stabbing stemmed from a dispute between the two regarding Mitchell's 18-year-old granddaughter, who is also the son-in-law's stepdaughter.

Court records state that on Aug. 23 Mitchell phoned the North Laurel home where her son-in-law, granddaughter and daughter reside and asked to pick up the teen and bring her to Upper Marlboro.

According to court records, the son-in-law told police his wife, Mitchell's daughter, vetoed the request, which Mitchell's defense attorney said made her "so fuming angry."

Mitchell allegeldy threatened to shoot her son-in-law and became abusive, court records state.

Approximately 25 minutes later, Mitchell arrived at the North Laurel home and confronted the son-in-law, allegedly stabbing him multiple times with a letter opener, court records state.

The son-in-law was treated at Howard County General Hospital, where he received 11 staples to treat his wounds, according to court records.

Court records state Mitchell left the scene, but not before trying to take the 18-year-old with her, which her daughter stopped her from doing. She was later stopped by Howard County police near the house, court records state.

She will be sentenced on March 31, and Judge Richard Bernhardt ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, according to a State's Attorney spokesman.