Barton

Barton

An 18-year-old Millwood man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly slashing his grandmother's throat and stabbing her in the back Friday morning.

At approximately 3:40 a.m. on Friday, Grayson County Central Dispatch received a call from a man stating that his grandmother was bleeding from the chest and back and appeared to have been stabbed, according to Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and Leitchfield Police Department arrived at the residence near the 200 block of Pleasant View Road in Millwood and discovered an older female lying in the driveway.

Grayson County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Fred Norder's investigation revealed that the victim's paternal grandson, 18-year-old Douglas R. Barton, of Millwood, had made the 911 call.

"It also revealed that Barton was the one that caused her to be lying in the driveway after he became enraged and attacked her from behind, stabbing her multiple times in the back," Chaffins said.

According to Barton's arrest warrant, he had an argument with his grandmother in the early morning hours on Friday, and, during the course of the argument, he "came up behind his grandmother and pulled her head backwards and reached around, slashing her throat with a knife, causing a deep wound to her throat."

The warrant goes on to state that, after the victim fell on the driveway, Barton stabbed her multiple times in the back.

Chaffins said Barton appeared to have also stabbed the victim in the trachea, and, after the stabbing, left her lying outside her residence and called 911 to report an injured person was in the driveway.

The woman suffered multiple injuries that caused her to lose a large amount of blood, as well as sustain a collapsed lung and damaged trachea, according to police. She was transported by Grayson County EMS to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and later to University of Louisville Hospital.

Chaffins said Monday morning he had been informed by the family of the woman that she is in stable condition and expected to recover from her injuries.

A warrant was issued Friday afternoon for Barton's arrest, and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office took him into custody shortly after.

The warrant states that, after being interviewed by police, Barton admitted to slitting his grandmother's throat and stabbing her multiple times. He remains lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center on the charges of attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence, the latter of which derives from Barton's alleged disposal of the knife used to injure the victim.

An arraignment has been scheduled for Barton this Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in Grayson District Court.

Norder's investigation is ongoing.