York County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Danielle Emery, 18, of Porter in connection with the stabbing of a 26-year-old pregnant Parsonsfield woman Sunday night. COURTESY PHOTO/York County Sheriff’s Office

PARSONSFIELD — The pregnant victim of a Sunday night stabbing in Parsonsfield was taken overnight by a LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

York County Sheriff William L. King Jr. said the woman was stabbed during an altercation that was sparked by a social media disagreement.

Arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault was Danielle Emery, 18, of Porter. Originally held at York County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, she made a first court appearance Monday afternoon at Springvale District Court by video from the jail, where her bail was set at $10,000 cash. If  she makes bail, she is subject to a number of conditions — including that she have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and three other people; that she not use or possess alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs and that she not possess dangerous weapons, including knives.

Emery is to make her next court appearance Oct. 16 at York County Superior Court in Alfred.

King, in a statement released Monday morning, said sheriff’s deputies were advised at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday that a pregnant woman had been stabbed repeatedly during an altercation in Parsonsfield. He said deputies were also told that the victim was being transported to the hospital by her husband.

King said subsequent investigation revealed that the victim and her husband were involved in a social media argument in which threats were allegedly exchanged with another couple. The four then decided to meet at the old Box Shop on Sokokis Road in Parsonsfield.

“The content of the social media posts clearly demonstrated that it was common knowledge that the victim was pregnant,” King wrote.

“After arriving at the old Box Shop the argument continued and escalated into a physical altercation between the victim’s husband and another man,” said King. “The victim’s husband was getting the best of his mutual combatant when the man’s fiancée, Danielle Emery, 18, of Porter interceded and kicked the victim’s husband. This infuriated the victim, who then got into a physical altercation with Danielle and they began to fight. During the altercation, Danielle produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen, who is reported to be 20 weeks pregnant.”

The victim was having difficulty breathing and was rushed to Bridgton Hospital; she was subsequently transported to Central Maine Medical Center by LifeFlght of Maine, he said.

“This is a very disturbing situation,” said King in a telephone interview.

The name of the 26-year-old victim was not released by the sheriff”s office.

Emery’s elevated aggravated assault charge is a Class A felony. It is alleged she engaged in conduct “that manifests a depraved indifference to the value of human life and that in fact causes bodily injury to another person with the use of a dangerous weapon,” according to the statute.

The maximum prison sentence for someone convicted of a Class A crime is 30 years.

No update on the condition of the victim was available.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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