ROMULUS (WWJ) – A Romulus mother who stabbed her 16-year-old son during an argument won’t face charges in the case.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office ruled that the 45-year-old woman acted in self-defense when she stabbed her teenage son in the leg during a domestic dispute at their home in the 6000 block of Chamberlain Street.

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Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the woman stabbed her son on the same day he was expelled from school for 180 days. After she took away his cell phone and radio as a form of punishment, the teen became enraged.

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“The mother called the Romulus Police Department twice to come to the house to defuse the situation, but the police did not immediately respond to the location,” Worthy said in a statement. “The mother then called her older son to the home to assist her, but the 16-year-old continued to argue with his mother. Eventually the argument escalated and the 16-year-old grabbed his six-year-old brother in a head lock causing him to cry. The 16-year-old released the child and then began hitting his mother repeatedly in the head and jaw causing her head to bruise and swell.”

The mother then grabbed a knife from the top of the refrigerator and struck her 16-year-old son twice in the leg and the back.

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Under the law of self-defense, Worthy says the mother had an honest and reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death, or imminent great bodily harm, when she struck her son twice with the knife.