Two children tried to protect their mother Christmas night in Hartford and were stabbed along with one other person, police said.
The triple stabbing started over a bottle of alcohol at a home on Winchester Street around 11 p.m., according to arrest papers.
Kim King got a frantic phone call from her daughter about the bloody brawl on the front porch.
"Her and her uncle got into it and he was jumping on her and the kids seen him jumping on her," she said.
King told her daughter to call an ambulance because her "granddaughter was bleeding."
The granddaughter, who is 14 years old, was taken to an area hospital where she will be recovering for the next few days.
Authorities said the teen and her younger brother were stabbed trying to keep their mother Monique Woodson safe.
"A main artery was hit, but they said she's going to be fine," King said about her daughter.
Woodson's 9-year-old son was also stabbed, but it was not serious.
According to arrest papers, Woodson and Vincent Motley had been drinking when they got into an argument over a bottle of alcohol he was trying to take from a holiday party.
The fight turned physical and Woodson told detectives her friend Janel Simmons stepped in to help.
The kids heard the commotion and rushed out to try to help.
"We do not believe the children were the intended target," said Hartford Police Lt. Brain Foley.
Eyewitness News caught Simmons at the Hartford Police Department where he was surrendering to officers for questioning. It's unclear if Simmons has or will be charged.
Motley told authorities as he and Woodson fought, Simmons stabbed him in the back two or three times.
Investigators said they're working to sort it all out. Police said they anticipate additional arrests.
The knife used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene, police said. Arrest papers also reveal police found a bottle of bleach and a towel used to clean up all the blood.
The Department of children and Families has also been called.
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