Freeport Teen Stabbing Suspect Charged With Manslaugher

Jasmine Copeland
Jasmine Copeland

A 16-year-old Freeport girl was arrested for allegedly stabbing another teenage girl to death during an argument that escalated in front of the suspect’s home over the weekend, Nassau County police said.

Jasmine Copeland was charged with first degree manslaughter and assault.

Police said Copeland got into an argument with 17-year-old Abigail Thomas and two other girls ages 16 and 9 outside of her West Side Avenue home, when Copeland allegedly stabbed Thomas and the 16-year-old victim shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday.

The two victims were taken to a local hospital, where Thomas was pronounced dead of a stab wound to the lower back and the 16-year-old victim was treated for a laceration to the upper left side of her chest, police said.

The 9-year-old girl, who was not injured, was released to a family member.

Bail for Copeland was set at $500,000. She is due back in court Thursday.