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Teen charged in grandmother’s stabbing blames meth

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

“I was choking her for about five minutes, she was hitting my arm saying she couldn’t breathe — and I was like, ‘I know you can’t breathe, that’s my point of doing this,”’ Loerch said.

Loerch said Sparks grabbed a knife, and he took it from her and stabbed her.

“She ran out the back door, trying to get away from me — that’s when I went out the front door to go after her, and that’s when I continued to stab her,” Loerch said.

Sparks, who still wore bandages from the attack, told WWMT that she’s not sure why the argument between the two escalated into violence that day. In describing the attack, Sparks said she passed out after being choked.

“Then I came to, he was still choking me, and then he started stabbing me,” Sparks said. “I was drenched in blood. I figured I was bleeding to death.”

Sparks was stabbed 11 times.

Loerch was arrested at the home, located about 80 miles south of Grand Rapids. He is charged as an adult with two counts of assault with intent to murder, and remains jailed. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.

Sparks plans to testify about the attack in the court case. She said her grandson needs psychiatric treatment, not imprisonment.

“He’s my grandson and I’ll always love him,” she said.

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