R&B star Mary J. Blige’s father is in critical condition after being stabbed by a girlfriend Thursday (January 23) in an apartment complex in Battle Creek, Michigan. According to area police via USA Today, his former girlfriend stabbed him in the neck in the midst of a domestic dispute.

When police arrived at the apartments, Arbors of Battle Creek, they found Mary’s 63-year-old father, Thomas Blige, with three stab wounds. They arrested his ex-girlfriend on a charge of assault with intent to murder. Once Thomas arrived at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, he had surgery.

This isn’t the first time Thomas’s girlfriend has been known to do something violent — police have handled seven separate incidents between the couple since August, including a time when she hit him in the head with a candlestick and faced charges of aggravated domestic assault.

Police not only found blood in the snow but also the knife they believe was used in the attack. The 50-year-old ex-girlfriend, who has been on probation for previous domestic violence charges since January 10, is now being held at Calhoun County Jail.

Hang in there, Mary — we’ll be thinking of you and your father at this difficult time.

Source: USA Today