• Mother defends stabbing 4 others attacking her kids

    By: Tom Jones


    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A mother told Channel 2 Action News she had no choice but to stab four people who came to her home and attacked her children.

    She told Channel 2's Tom Jones she would do it again if she had to.

    Clayton County police aren't saying much about the incident Monday around 9:30 p.m. on Southshore Court.

    But Ruby Dickinson-Ford said she went into "mommy mode" when she saw two men inside her home attacking her 14-year-old son.

    "I jumped up and I ran in and I grabbed a knife and I started immediately trying to get him off of my son," she told Jones.

    She said the wounded attackers then took off.

    "I ran outside and I saw my neighbor's son and his girlfriend attacking my daughter on the outside. I then stabbed them to get them off of my daughter," Ford said, showing the stabbing motion that used.

    Ford said they ran off as well. All four, along with Ford's son, were transported to the hospital. Police have not release their conditions.

    Police have not charged Ford or anyone else at this point over the incident. They said their investigation is ongoing.

    Ford told Jones she feels there is no reason she should faces charges.

    "This was self-defense. I am home," Ford said, noting the attackers ignored a "no trespassing" sign on her home.

    Ford said this whole thing began after her 16-year-old daughter got into a fight with a neighbor's 16-year-old daughter. She thought the matter was resolved after police arrived. Then she said the neighbor called her son and he brought three others over to her home and started attacking her children.

    "I went into mother-mode. I didn't care about myself or anything else. I just wanted to protect my children," she said.

    No one answered the neighbor's door when Jones went by to get their side of the story.

    Ford's attorney, former Clayton County Chief Assistant District Attorney John Turner, doesn't expect police to charge her.

    "They invaded her house, her castle, and she has a right to protect herself and her family," Turner said.

    Ford said she did what she had to do to protect her children.

    "I will do it again. If you come on my property and you try to hurt my children I will do it again," she stated emphatically.

    Police said the incident is under investigation and they will know more after they interview everyone involved.

    In the meantime, Ford said she is considering moving.

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