Sharice Swain, 29, was sitting behind the wheel of a car, when she was allegedly stabbed by her best friend, Kimberly Black, also 29. Attempting to drive away, Swain struck Black’s 2-year-old daughter Kimshia Ruffin and both died from their injuries, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Black was arrested after being found naked several blocks away. Swain’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
Police identified the [another] victim as 2-year-old Kimshia Ruffin. Her 1-year-old sister, Taraji Ruffin, also was struck, but her injuries were not considering life-threatening.
The violence began Thursday night when Black and Swain were sitting in a running car parked in Black’s driveway and got into an argument, police said. Black left the vehicle, went into her house, returned with a knife and stabbed Swain in the face and neck, police said.
According to Sgt. Sammy Morris, a police spokesman, the injured Swain then stepped on the gas pedal and hit the two young children, who were standing near the car. The car also struck a house, collapsing the roof of the porch.
The nature of the argument involving Black and Swain wasn’t disclosed, and it wasn’t clear if Swain hit the children intentionally or accidentally.
The women had been “best friends since birth” and Swain considered Black a cousin, according to the victim’s mother, Anita Swain.
Anita Swain said her daughter did not have any children and was employed as a factory worker. She said she didn’t know what started the argument and declined to comment further.
Nikki Randall, 30, (pictured top left) was one of the neighbors who attempted to try to help Swain after she stabbed. She says that the woman purposely accelerated the vehicle in attempt to hit Black.
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“It was on purpose,” Randall said. “She was actually trying to hit the momma.”
Black was holding her toddlers in her arms as she stood naked in the street. Randall claims that the mother dropped Kimshia, who was bloodied and broken, so she picked her up and held her until paramedics arrived:
“She was bleeding out of everywhere,” Randall said. “As soon as I handed her to the paramedic, she went limp.”