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Woman allegedly charges sister with knife during argument

Incident began as disagreement about raising kids

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police allege a Bethlehem woman charged her sister with a butcher knife following an argument over child rearing.

Crystal A. Williams faces a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats and a summary count of harassment following the incident Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 29-year-old Sunday, setting bail at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Bethlehem police responded to a Fleming Street home about 1:45 p.m. Sunday to investigate a reported domestic dispute. The victim told police that she had been arguing with her mother over how she was raising her children.

Williams, the victim’s sister, intervened in the argument, threatening to report her sister to police and the Northampton Division of Children, Youth and Families, according to court records. The two women began arguing, when Williams allegedly pulled a butcher knife and charged her sister.

The victim told police she threw a bottle at her sister in an effort to stave off the alleged attack. Williams’ mother and brother grabbed Williams.

She was released from Northampton County Prison on Monday after posting $500 bail. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 27.

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