AUGUSTA — A Waterville woman accused of stabbing a neighbor last week remains behind bars in lieu of $100,000 cash bail and her victim is reportedly recovering.

Ashley L. Boivin, 32, told officers who arrested her early Wednesday that she did not know why she did it, a prosecutor told Judge Eric Walker during Boivin’s initial appearance in court.

“She said she didn’t think about it,” Assistant District Attorney Kristin Murray-James said Friday during the hearing at the Capital Judicial Center. Boivin, who is in the Kennebec County jail, made her initial appearance via video link to the court.

Boivin is charged with elevated aggravated assault in the incident which Murray-James said involved an initial verbal argument between Boivin and the 21-year-old victim on Moor Street in Waterville on Tuesday night.

“The victim states Ashley Boivin got in his face, and he pushed her away. He thought she punched him and then saw the knife,” Murray-James said.

She described the weapon as a “folding, replaceable razor-blade knife.” Murray-James said the knife pierced the victim’s small intestine and that he was hospitalized in the critical care unit following surgery. The victim was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, and on Sunday, a spokeswoman for the hospital said he was treated and released.

Boivin left the scene of the stabbing, but was arrested early Wednesday afternoon when she returned.

Murray-James sought the $100,000 bail, telling Judge Eric Walker that the state wanted to keep Boivin in custody for the public’s safety. She also sought conditions of bail that prohibit Boivin from having contact with a number of witnesses in the case.

Attorney Thomas Tilton, representing Boivin as lawyer of the day, said he preferred to reserve a bail argument for the attorney appointed in Boivin’s case.

Walker agreed to the high bail, saying it was a very serious charge and a troubling case.

In Maine law, elevated aggravated assault indicates a person “intentionally or knowingly causes serious bodily injury to another person with the use of a dangerous weapon.” A conviction carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Boivin said little during the brief hearing.

Her next court hearing is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 15.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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