A southeast Missouri woman is accused of throwing a butcher knife and hitting her 9-year-old niece in the face in what she called an accident during a dispute with another relative.

The (Cape Girardeau) Southeast Missourian reports Cape Girardeau County prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Lataisha Roberts with felony child endangerment and unlawful weapon use.

Police say the girl sustained a half-inch cut to a cheek.

Police allege in court records that shortly before midnight Wednesday, the victim's mother told police her sister — the victim's aunt — had thrown the knife after an argument.

Police say Roberts told investigators she threw a knife at her sister's car but didn't know one of the vehicle's windows was down.

Online court records don't show whether Roberts has an attorney.

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