Calif. Grandmother Wanted in Fatal Stabbing of 18-Month-Old Granddaughter Detained

Colton, Calif., Police Department
Colton, Calif., Police Department

Updated Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 9:36 a.m. EDT: Police have confirmed that a Colton, Calif., grandmother wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of her 18-month-old granddaughter has been captured.


Nicole Darrington Clark was taken into custody Tuesday morning, although other details are not immediately available. A police dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times that more details would be released later in the day.


Police are searching for a grandmother who is wanted in connection with the stabbing death of her 18-month-old granddaughter in Colton, Calif., authorities confirm.

Nicole Darrington Clark, 43, is also accused of critically wounding her daughter and another granddaughter in the Monday attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. Colton Police Cpl. Raymond Mendez warned that Darrington Clark is armed and dangerous and directed that people “don’t approach her.”

According to the report, the attack happened just after 9 a.m. Monday inside the family’s apartment. The daughter told authorities that her mother stabbed her and the grandchildren, Mendez said.

When officers arrived, they found the youngest grandchild dead, while the daughter and the other granddaughter were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

“We don’t know what triggered this event,” Mendez said. “We don’t have a motive.”


According to the report, Darrington Clark had previously pleaded guilty to stabbing her son and throwing her daughter out of a moving vehicle while driving on a freeway in 2005. Neither child was seriously harmed, but after the plea, the judge ruled that she was not guilty of the two attempted murders because of insanity, and sent her to a state mental hospital for 34 years to life, with progress reports being required every six months.

The Times notes it is not immediately clear when or why Darrington Clark was released from the mental hospital, or if the daughter who was hurt in the 2005 attack is the same one who was injured in Monday’s stabbing.


Authorities believe that Darrington Clark is driving a black, four-door Hyundai Sonata with the license plate number 7TQL009.


Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call Colton police at 909-370-5000.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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34 years to life? How in the hell did this woman get out of the hospital? I didn’t realize “parole” was an option for mental patients. It’s obvious she wasn’t better.  She definitely shouldn’t have been allowed around the grand kids. Smh.

RIP to that poor little baby. I hope her daughter and other grandchild are okay. I can’t even imagine what this has done to them mentally, though. I am so glad they caught her before she hurt anyone else!