Grandma sought in stab­bings is caught

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha and Joseph Serna veron­ica.rocha@la­times.com joseph.serna@la­times.com

A grand­mother wanted in con­nec­tion with the fa­tal stab­bing of her 18-mon­thold grand­daugh­ter and the wound­ing of her daugh­ter and grand­child Mon­day in Colton has been cap­tured, po­lice said Tues­day.

Ni­cole Dar­ring­ton Clark was spot­ted at 4:15 a.m. Tues­day in San Bernardino, ac­cord­ing to Colton Po­lice Cpl. Ray Men­dez.

A San Bernardino County sher­iff ’s deputy pa­trolling the area of 9th Street and Water­man Av­enue saw Dar­ring­ton Clark’s black, four-door Hyundai parked be­hind a closed busi­ness and called for as­sis­tance.

The deputy ap­proached the car and took Dar­ring­ton Clark into cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of mur­der, Men­dez said. Her bail was set at $1 mil­lion.

Dar­ring­ton Clark is sus­pected of stab­bing her daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren just af­ter 9 a.m. Mon­day in­side the fam­ily’s apart­ment in the 1400 block of Santo An­to­nio Drive, po­lice said.

The daugh­ter told au­thor­i­ties that her mother had stabbed her and the grand­chil­dren, Men­dez said.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at the apart­ment Mon­day, Dar­ring­ton Clark was gone and the youngest grand­child dead, Men­dez said. Dar­ring­ton Clark’s daugh­ter and an­other grand­daugh­ter were taken to a hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Men­dez said the sur­viv­ing vic­tims were sta­ble Tues­day.

“We don’t know what trig­gered this event,” Men­dez said. “We don’t have a mo­tive.”

Dar­ring­ton Clark pre­vi­ously had pleaded guilty to stab­bing her son and throw­ing her daugh­ter out of a van while driv­ing on a free­way in 2005. Nei­ther child was se­ri­ously in­jured.

Af­ter that plea, a judge ruled that she was not guilty of two counts of at­tempted mur­der by rea­son of in­san­ity, the Pasadena Star-News re­ported in 2007. The judge sent her to a state men­tal hos­pi­tal for 34 years to life, with progress re­ports re­quired ev­ery six months.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear when or why she was re­leased from the men­tal hos­pi­tal or whether the daugh­ter in the 2005 at­tack is the same one in­jured Mon­day.

Rick Sforza Los An­ge­les Daily News/SCNG via AP

THE COLTON apart­ment com­plex where an 18-month old was killed and two rel­a­tives wounded.

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