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Trace Christenson, Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige was critically injured Thursday morning on this city's south side, stabbed in the neck in what police said was a domestic dispute with his former girlfriend.

Thomas Blige, 63, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, Battle Creek police said. Police arrested his former girlfriend on a charge of assault with intent to murder.

Policesaid they were called to the Arbors of Battle Creek, an apartmentcomplex, at 6:58 a.m. Thursday. They found Blige in his apartment withthree stab wounds, including one to his neck.

He was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he underwent surgery. The hospital said Thursday afternoon it had no information on his condition.

Detective Sgt. Jim Martens said officers went to the scene and foundblood in the snow near the entrance drive to the apartment complex andmore blood in Blige's apartment. Police also found a knife in theapartment that they believe was used in the attack.

Martens saidofficers then went to the former girlfriend's nearby apartment at theArbors and found the woman in blood-spattered clothing.

She was taken into custody without incident and treated at a Battle Creek hospital for a cut. The woman was taken to the Calhoun County jail and was expected to be arraigned Friday in Calhoun County District Court.

Martenssaid police believe Blige saw the woman deflating the tires on his FordSUV in the parking lot outside the apartment and went out to confronther.

The couple argued and Blige was stabbed.

Martens saidpolice have handled seven domestic violence complaints between Blige andhis 50-year-old former girlfriend since August.

The woman wascharged in October with aggravated domestic violence after she hit Bligein the head with a glass candlestick. She entered a no-contest plea tothe charge and on Jan. 10 was placed on six months probation. She wasordered to have "non-assaultive" contact with Blige.

Police confirmed that Thomas Blige is the father of singer/songwriterMary J. Blige, who has sold over 50 million albums since her debut in1992. Her first album, What's the 411, went multi-platinum and the 43-year-old has had seven other albums follow suit.

The Grammy award winner has topped the Billboard charts with songs like Real Love in 1992, No More Drama in 2001 and Family Affair in 2001. Her 10th and most recent album, My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1), was released in November 2011.

Thomas Blige has lived in the Battle Creek area for more than a decade. A biography of Mary J. Blige by the Biography Channelsaid the future singer and her mother moved to a public housing projectin Yonkers, N.Y., to escape abuse by her father, who left the familywhen she was 4 but occasionally returned.

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