Spokane mother killed in stabbing attack, 5-year-old daughter in critical condition

A Spokane woman was stabbed 26 times, including once through the heart, in a brutal attack last week that left her dead and her young daughter in critical condition, according to court documents.

The suspect, Joshua P. Phillips, 41, made his first court appearance Monday after being released from the hospital.

Phillips is charged with second-degree murder of Kassie Dewey and second-degree attempted murder of Dewey’s 5-year-old daughter. He’s being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Kassie Dewey and Phillips had been dating and living together since last June and had a difficult relationship, according to court documents.

Two days before Dewey was killed, she had kicked Phillips out of her north Spokane home.

Dewey’s two older children arrived at the home on April 11 after spending time at their father’s house and found it in disarray. Emergency crews were called and broke into the garage to find Dewey lying dead just inside the door, according to court documents.

Lilly was found with seven to ten stab wounds. In the ambulance on her way to the hospital, Lilly told a medic "the man stabbed me," according to court documents.

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