North Vernon woman faces battery, drug charges after knife incident

NORTH VERNON — A North Vernon woman was arrested on a felony battery charge after being accused of cutting a man with a knife while he was giving her a ride in his car.

Shi Ann Schildknecht, 27, is being held in the Jennings County Jail on charges of felony battery, felony possession of a syringe and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, said Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were sent to the area of County Roads 150N and 400E in Campbell Township at about noon Monday after the male victim said he had been cut with a knife, Mowery said.

The victim told deputies he and Schildknecht were acquaintances and he was giving her a ride in his car when she used a knife to cut his jawline, Mowery said.

The victim then pushed Schildknecht out of the car about a half mile from the intersection of county roads 150N and 400E, where he had stopped to call police, Mowery said.

In the meantime, Schildknecht walked up to an unidentified house and asked the resident there to give her a ride back to North Vernon, Mowery said.

Deputies were able to find Schildknecht in a traffic backup at the intersection as deputies investigated the incident, Mowery said. Schildknecht was found as a passenger in another vehicle trying to leave the area, he said. Syringes and drug paraphernalia were found in Schildknecht’s possession when she was arrested, he said.

Deputies are investigating why Schildknecht would have cut the victim with a knife, Mowery said.

The victim was treated and released at the scene, deputies said.

Schildknecht is being held in the Jennings County Jail in lieu of $1,055 bond.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.