Woman celebrated 21st birthday, then stabbed boyfriend, police say

MANCHESTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County woman was arrested on her 21st birthday after police said she stabbed her boyfriend during an argument over her night out at a bar.

Shawnna Caplinger (submitted)
Shawnna Caplinger (submitted)

Shawnna Capligner is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault, according to charging documents filed by Newberry Township police.

Police responded to Caplinger’s home in the 700 block of Cassel Road just after 6 a.m. Tuesday after her boyfriend, Cory Spangler, was stabbed in his left side about six to eight inches below his armpit, the criminal complaint states.

Officers found Spangler lying in his front yard. They said he will be hospitalized for several days, but he is expected to survive.

He told officers that he and Caplinger argued about their child and her night out at a bar with friends. He said the argument escalated and Caplinger stabbed him with a knife from the kitchen.

Newberry police Chief John Snyder said Caplinger at first refused orders to come out of the home. She eventually came carrying the couple’s small child and was taken into custody. The child was not harmed.

Caplinger admitted during an interview that she threw a large container of knives at Spangler, but then acknowledged that his injury was not caused by her throwing the knives, but most likely due to her stabbing him, police said in the complaint.

She was jailed in York County Prison on $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 5.

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