SUFFOLK -- A Suffolk teenager is expected to be released from the hospital soon, after her mother allegedly stabbed her while she was sleeping.

It happened early Tuesday morning.

Rhonda Lynn Hingerty, 41, stabbed her teenage daughter in the back several times with a filet knife and then stabbed herself, city spokeswoman Debbie George told

The grandparents, who live with them, arrived home and called police about the incident.

'The daughter sustained pretty serious injuries. She was stabbed five to seven times in the back and is currently in the hospital,' George stated.

Detectives say the knife punctured one of the girl's lungs.

Hingerty's sister told 13News that she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has previously been treated at a mental health facility. She said her sister thought someone was trying to stalk, rape, and kill her.

Hingerty was taken to the hospital as well. She was released from the hospital then taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail. She is now undergoing evaluations.

The mother is charged with felonious assault.

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