The mother of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a school bus in Glendale earlier this year was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the stomach during a dispute over drugs, police said.
Karen Hernandez, 30, was arrested about 5:25 a.m. on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after officers arrived at the couple’s apartment building and saw her outside holding a 10-inch knife, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.
Her 35-year-old partner was also in front of the apartment building, clutching his abdomen, the Glendale News-Press reported.
Before the stabbing, the couple were reportedly arguing about drugs while their children, ages 6 and 9, slept in a nearby bedroom, Lightfoot said.
Hernandez’s partner suffered a 2-inch cut to his stomach and was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. His injury was described not life-threatening.
Officers found marijuana and a small bag possibly containing methamphetamine in Hernandez’s pants pocket, Lightfoot said. They also reportedly discovered a crack pipe and large amount of cash in clothing nearby.
The couple's son, Roosevelt Middle School student Jonathan Hernandez, died in May after being struck by a school bus in Glendale.
Hernandez is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. After her arrest, Glendale police said grandparents would take care of the couple's two remaining children.
Veronica Rocha is Times Community News staff writer.