LOWELL -- A Rhode Island woman who claims she has been "invaded by demon spirits'' was ordered Tuesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after she allegedly stabbed a man during a domestic dispute in Tyngsboro Monday.

Lowell District Court Judge Stacey Fortes ordered Michelle Smith, 48, of Providence, R.I., to undergo an evaluation after Court Clinician Dr. Joyce Perrotta said Smith has a history of mental illness.

Perrotta recommended a competency evaluation.

Perrotta said Smith has had two brief psychiatric admissions in the past week, along with erratic behavior and suicidal concerns. She said Smith has religious delusions that she has acted upon and believes she has been "invaded by demon spirits.''

Defense attorney John Kittredge noted the police reports state that Smith reported hearing voices and talked about negative energy.

Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, (a knife), and domestic assault and battery.

Tyngsboro police officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 16 Cannongate Road at 10:10 a.m. Monday.

The officers found a 50-year-old victim with a stab wound to the upper left shoulder. The victim was transported to Lowell General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The man's injuries were not considered serious, according to police.

Prosecutor Kelly Norton asked that as part of Smith's psychiatric evaluation, that she be held on $2,000 cash bail.


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Norton told the judge Smith had recently stopped taking her medications. Norton said Smith and the victim were arguing when Smith allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim, her boyfriend, in the shoulder.

"Out of nowhere she took a knife and went after him,'' Norton said.

Four neighbors had to tackle Smith to wrestle the knife away from her, Norton said.

Smith's next court date is Sept. 5 for a competency report.

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