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A woman from Spokane, Washington has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide for allegedly stabbing another woman in the chest in Butte last month.

The victim, a 39-year-old woman from Butte, sustained a 3-inch cut to her chest during the incident on Sept. 1 but the knife missed all vital organs and she was stitched up and released from St. James Healthcare later that night, police said Tuesday.

With a warrant from Butte, Spokane police arrested 41-year-old Shelley Marie Kroum last week and officers from Butte brought her here on Monday, said Undersheriff George Skuletich.

Prosecutors have charged her with attempted deliberate homicide, which carries a maximum penalty of death, life in prison or 100 years.

According to police, Kroum called the victim the night of Sept. 1, said she was in town from Spokane and asked if she could come to her house in the 600 block of South Jackson Street to talk.

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They had apparently liked the same man at some point, Skuletich said, but the victim said they had coffee and a cordial discussion for about an hour and everything seemed fine. The victim then said she had to go to work.

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Kroum followed the woman out to her car and suddenly the victim felt like she had been punched in the chest. She had actually been stabbed, police say, and Kroum dropped the knife, jumped into her car and took off.

Over the course of September, police talked to the victim, others and the suspect herself before the warrant was issued, served and Kroum was brought to Butte on Monday.

Skuletich said the two might have had “boyfriend issues” in the past but any disputes seemed to have been resolved during their talk, so police aren’t sure of the motive. Stabbings typically occur during altercations or bouts of anger, he said.

“There was no indication anything was going to happen,” Skuletich said. “She (the victim) didn’t see it coming. She was as surprised as anyone.”

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