Woman admits stabbing herself

A Little Hocking woman stabbed Tuesday at her home fabricated a story about a masked man being the culprit.

Tina Whealdon, 46, of 66 Federal St., admitted Wednesday that she had stabbed herself in the stomach, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

“(She said) that the injuries sustained were self-inflicted,” said Mincks.

Whealdon had initially told deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that a man dressed all in black and wearing a ski mask had knocked on her door Tuesday afternoon, demanded money, and then stabbed her.

She was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center Memorial Campus that same day and underwent surgery, said Mincks.

Whealdon was listed in good condition at the hospital Wednesday evening, said Tim Brunicardi, spokesman for Camden Clark Medical Center.

Minks said the Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether or not charges will be filed against Whealdon.

In a similar case that occurred in Marietta on Oct. 3, a man who made up a false report about his own self-inflicted stab wounds was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of falsification, punishable by up to six months in jail.

Scott Shankland told police that an unknown assailant had jumped out of a car and stabbed him, but three weeks later admitted he had actually stabbed himself for attention.