Columbus Junction woman charged in stabbing
A Columbus Junction woman was arrested Wednesday for stabbing another woman in the arm. Christina Bautista-Baltazar, 44, was charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and willful injury causing bodily injury, a class D felony. Bautista is being held at the Washington County Jail on $5,000 bail.
According to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Bailey, the Washington County Safety Center received a report about a woman armed with a knife breaking into a residence at 450 Old Military Road in Ainsworth. Bailey wrote in his deposition that he spoke to the stabbing victim, Violett Cuevas, who told him she was with Bautista’s husband, Eduardo Hernandez, at the time of the incident.
Bautista entered the residence and was upset that Cuevas was with her husband. Bailey wrote that Bautista pushed her way into the residence and took down a porcelain “welcome” sign hanging from the wall. Bautista broke the sign, took a piece from it and stabbed Cuevas in the right arm, creating a laceration 1 by ½ inches in size. Hernandez then managed to take the broken piece of porcelain away from Bautista.
Bautista’s preliminary hearing is Wednesday at 11 a.m. She must submit to Department of Corrections supervision and may not leave the state without a written order. She was also issued a no-contact order with the victim, which applies to any form of communication whether in person, over the phone or through a letter.