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Roan Mountain woman, previously charged with attempted murder, accused of hitting nephew with shovel

John Thompson • Sep 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

HAMPTON — A woman who had previously been charged with attempted second-degree murder of her estranged husband was arrested Thursday evening on allegations she hit her nephew in the stomach with a shovel.

Danita Whitehead, 51, 121 Cemetery Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested by Deputy Ricky Kinner of the Carter County Sheriff's Department on a charge of aggravated assault. She is scheduled to answer the latest charge in Sessions Court on Nov. 27.

Kinner said the incident occurred at 306 Greenbriar Road around 6:45 p.m. He said two witnesses told him their sister, Danita Whitehead, started arguing with her nephew, Cory D. Tinker. They said she grabbed a shovel and chased Tinker around a truck.

The witnesses told Kinner that Whitehead scratched Tinker's face several times and struck him in the stomach with the shovel several times. They said Tinker then grabbed a large stick from the back of the truck and struck Whitehead in the left side of her forehead.

Whitehead had previously been charged with attempted second-degree murder a year ago when she allegedly got into an argument with her estranged husband, Edward Zane Church.

During the argument at a friend's house on Rittertown Road, Church said, Whitehead stabbed him in the upper left chest with a steak knife. She is awaiting a hearing in Criminal Court on that charge.