HAVERHILL — A woman accused of stabbing another woman in the face and the back of the head is free on $1,000 cash bail.

Rachel Cain, 31, of 6 Victoria Court, was arrested Sept. 6 on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, for stabbing and kicking the alleged victim late in the afternoon that day. Detective Carl Rogers said in a report filed with Haverhill District Court that the two women got into a fight over Cain's ex-boyfriend.

Cain was ordered held without bail last week pending her dangerousness hearing yesterday. Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said yesterday Haverhill police interviewed the 25-year-old victim at Lawrence General Hospital, where she was being treated for stab wounds. The injuries were not life-threatening, but the victim was having a hard time breathing, DePaulo said. The victim said she was upset that "Rachel was there," in front of her house.

The victim also said Cain wielded a knife in her right hand, but Cain denied it. "I have a good right," the defendant told police, according to DePaulo.

DePaulo asked for $5,000 cash bail, but Judge Patricia Dowling imposed $1,000. Shortly after the hearing, Cain was bailed out.

Cain's occupation is listed as "disabled" on court papers.

Cain's lawyer, Lee Graham, said there were three witnesses in the courtroom yesterday who would testify that the alleged victim attacked Cain, rather than the other way around. Graham also pointed out the alleged victim was not in court yesterday.

• • •

Join the discussion. To comment on stories and see what others are saying, log on to eagletribune.com.

Recommended for you