Mother of 9 facing charges for allegedly stabbing 4 neighbors at house party


A 39-year-old Pontiac, Michigan mother of nine is facing four felony charges for allegedly stabbing four neighbors, including a 15-year-old.

Candis Wright-McDonald booking photo 

Candis Wright-McDonald was arraigned Wednesday on four counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder for a June 25 incident on Newman Lane in Pontiac.

Witnesses and victims reportedly told Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies that there had been a house party and the neighbor, subsequently identified as Wright-McDonald, came over and began stabbing people. Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to find her, though on Aug. 2 Wright-McDonald was located at a gas station at Orchard Lake and Old Telegraph roads and taken into custody.

According to the sheriff’s office, one victim was stabbed twice in the chest, another was stabbed in the chest and upper back, a third victim was stabbed in the stomach and the fourth victim was stabbed in the chest. They were all transported to an area hospital for treatment and have since been released.

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Three of the victims are Pontiac residents and the fourth is from Detroit, the sheriff’s office said.

At arraignment, it was stated that Wright-McDonald has nine children and no history of violence. Judge Ronda Gross denied a request from defense attorney Richard Taylor to set bond, saying it’s better for Wright-McDonald to remain in jail. The judge cited safety concerns for the public as well as for Wright-McDonald herself due to apparent stress and how she deals with it.

Wright-McDonald is scheduled to return to court Aug. 16 for a probable cause conference before Judge Cynthia Walker. A preliminary exam is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 23.


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