Colton Grandmother who Stabbed Daughter and Granddaughters Pleads Not Guilty

Colton Grandmother who Stabbed Daughter and Granddaughters Pleads Not Guilty

SAN BERNARDINO – A Colton woman who allegedly stabbed her daughter and two granddaughters, killing one on Monday appeared at the San Bernardino Superior on Thursday morning.

On Monday, June 5, 2017, at around 9 am Nicole Darrington-Clark, 43, went on a rampage, stabbing her 22-year-old daughter and 5-year-old and 18-month-old granddaughters. Damani Trouter was pronounced dead at the scene of the family’s shared Colton apartment in the 1400 block of San Antonio Drive. Her daughter and f5-year-old granddaughter were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Both went into emergency surgery and have since both been released from the hospital.

Darrington-Clark was on the run for nearly a day, but was later located sleeping in her vehicle in the City of San Bernardino.

In court, Darrington-Clark pleaded not guilty to three felony counts relating to the incident and three felony enhancements including one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. In addition to the charges, Darrington-Clark also faces felony enhancements including using a deadly weapon during the commission of the crimes and Great Bodily Injury on a person. The Superior Court judge raised her bail to over $3,000,000. She remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center.

Darrington-Clark reportedly has been in custody before to a similar violent incident, also involving family and served two years at Patton State Hospital, a San Bernardino psychiatric hospital. Those close to the family said that Darrington-Clark has mental health issues including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. They also said that she had stopped taking her medications and was having numerous issues for several months leading to the stabbing including police contact and hospitalizations. She is scheduled to appear in court on June 16, 2017, for a Pre-Preliminary hearing.

The family is seeking donations to assist with the burial of 18-month-old Damani Trouter.

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  • Nicole Darrington-Clark: Facebook, Go Fund Me, Colton PD