BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige was critically injured Thursday morning on this city's south side, stabbed in the neck in what police said was a domestic dispute with his former girlfriend.
Thomas Blige, 63, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, Battle Creek police said. Police arrested his former girlfriend on a charge of assault with intent to murder.
said they were called to the Arbors of Battle Creek, an apartment
complex, at 6:58 a.m. Thursday. They found Blige in his apartment with
three stab wounds, including one to his neck.
He was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he underwent surgery. The hospital said Thursday afternoon it had no information on his condition.
Detective Sgt. Jim Martens said officers went to the scene and found
blood in the snow near the entrance drive to the apartment complex and
more blood in Blige's apartment. Police also found a knife in the
apartment that they believe was used in the attack.
officers then went to the former girlfriend's nearby apartment at the
Arbors and found the woman in blood-spattered clothing.
She was taken into custody without incident and treated at a Battle Creek hospital for a cut. The woman was taken to the Calhoun County jail and was expected to be arraigned Friday in Calhoun County District Court.
said police believe Blige saw the woman deflating the tires on his Ford
SUV in the parking lot outside the apartment and went out to confront
The couple argued and Blige was stabbed.
police have handled seven domestic violence complaints between Blige and
his 50-year-old former girlfriend since August.
The woman was
charged in October with aggravated domestic violence after she hit Blige
in the head with a glass candlestick. She entered a no-contest plea to
the charge and on Jan. 10 was placed on six months probation. She was
ordered to have "non-assaultive" contact with Blige.
Police confirmed that Thomas Blige is the father of singer/songwriter
Mary J. Blige, who has sold over 50 million albums since her debut in
1992. Her first album, What's the 411, went multi-platinum and the 43-year-old has had seven other albums follow suit.
The Grammy award winner has topped the Billboard charts with songs like Real Love in 1992, No More Drama in 2001 and Family Affair in 2001. Her 10th and most recent album, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1), was released in November 2011.
Thomas Blige has lived in the Battle Creek area for more than a decade. A biography of Mary J. Blige by the Biography Channel
said the future singer and her mother moved to a public housing project
in Yonkers, N.Y., to escape abuse by her father, who left the family
when she was 4 but occasionally returned.
Battle Creek Enquirer