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Wapato woman gets 25 days for stabbing daughter

by Emily Thornton, Community Editor
| February 12, 2021 1:00 AM

A 54-year-old Wapato woman accused of stabbing her daughter during a fight in December was sentenced to 25 days in jail.

Laura Michelle Tulee made an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to criminal mischief with a deadly weapon Feb. 2 for the incident, which left her daughter with two stab wounds. One was on her upper right shoulder and another on her chest, records stated.

Tulee, her daughter and several children were traveling Dec. 30 from Leavenworth to Grand Coulee, when the adults began arguing. When they arrived at some friends’ apartment, the argument allegedly escalated to physical and Tulee stabbed her. The friends took Tulee and the children to the children’s home in Nespelem, while Tulee’s daughter slept at the friends’ home. When she awoke, the daughter discovered she was injured and the friends took her to the hospital, records stated.

Colville Tribal police arrested Tulee and transferred her to Grand Coulee police, who took her to the Grant County Jail for first-degree assault-domestic violence. Prosecutors charged her with second-degree assault (multiple prongs), with a domestic violence enhancement.

Besides jail time, which was to run concurrently with a district court sentence, Tulee was ordered to pay $600 in fees.