Woman arrested after stabbing in rural Hillsboro

Jenna Bell

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report Nov. 11 of a stabbing at a residence on County Highway W in rural Hillsboro. 

Deputies arrived on scene and took the suspect, Jenna M. Bell, 20, of rural Hillsboro into custody.  A 36-year-old female was transported to Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro by Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service with multiple stab wounds.  The victim was later med-flighted by Gundersen AIR to UW Hospital in Madison for further treatment of her injuries.

Bell is being held at the Vernon County Detention Center, awaiting a bail/bond hearing through the Vernon County Circuit Court. Charges of first-degree attempted homicide and aggravated assault will be sought through the Vernon County District Attorney’s Office.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.

This appears to be an isolated incident with no immediate danger to the public.

The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

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