MOUNT CARMEL - A borough woman, who allegedly stabbed her live-in boyfriend in the shoulder and back, is behind bars after being arraigned on multiple charges, including two felony counts of aggravated assault.

Britteny Nicole O'Brien, 29, of 433 W. Third St., was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $40,000 bail after being arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on the aggravated assault offenses, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and a misdemeanor of recklessly endangering another person.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Mount Carmel Patrolman Matthew Dillman, O'Brien allegedly stabbed Fred Holmes in the left shoulder and lower back with a box cutter or pear knife following a verbal argument at their residence shortly before 6 p.m. Holmes suffered stab wounds in the attack and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel before being transported by ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Holmes underwent emergency room treatment at the hospital before being released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Holmes told police O'Brien punched him in the back of the head when he attempted to walk out the kitchen door. Holmes said O'Brien then stabbed him in the small of the back with a box cutter or pear knife. He said the defendant attempted to stab him about 10 more times and made contact with the victim's left shoulder before fleeing the rear of the residence with her hand covered in blood.

Police said O'Brien was hysterical when they took her into custody.

O'Brien is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing May 29 at Jones' office.