Wanted mum Sammi Kendrick who allegedly stabbed stepdad in back breaks silence in social media posts

An Adelaide mother on the run, accused of stabbing her stepfather in the back has broken her silence, saying she’s “not a bad person”.

A warrant for the arrest of Sammi Kendrick, 25, was issued by SA Police after she allegedly stabbed 49-year-old Terrence Kerslake on September 12 at a Camden Park property along Patricia Avenue, in Adelaide's southwest.

The victim was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

When police arrived to the scene at about 6.30pm, Ms Kendrick had already fled and has since been on the run for about 10 days.

On Sunday night she broke her silence for the first time since the domestic incident, in a series of posts on various social media platforms.

The woman made highly defamatory claims in a TikTok video and shared a number of Facebook statuses NCA NewsWire is not able to publish for legal reasons.

In one post, Ms Kendrick said if she had wanted to kill her stepfather, “it would have been done a lot more valuable (sic), savage, smart and planned”.

“I'm not a bad person,” Ms Kendrick said in her 26 second video.

“I didn’t viciously attack him at all.”

Mr Kerslake said the woman stabbed him with a steak knife, cutting a blood vessel.

“(It) then nicked my lung,” he told 7 News.

“It’s probably best for her to hand herself in so it makes it easier for her.”

The accused’s mother Melissa Kendrick said she was “very angry” at her daughter because the stab wound was so close to Mr Kerslake’s heart.

“The more she runs, the worse it is,” she said.

It’s been reported an argument was sparked the night of the incident over who was caring for the family dog.

Wanted mum Sammi Kendrick who allegedly stabbed stepdad in back breaks silence in social media posts

Camera IconThe mother has been on the run for the past 10 days. Supplied/Facebook Credit: NCA NewsWire

Ms Kendrick has also previously been charged for allegedly stealing an electric wheelchair from a disabled pensioners’ backyard in Richmond in July this year.

At the time, SA Police released CCTV footage showing a man and a woman scoping out the area. The woman in the video was then seen riding the wheelchair near the man, walking away from the scene.

The wheelchair was returned to its owner days later after it was found dumped at a Cowandilla address, about one km from where it was stolen.

Ms Kendrick later turned herself in, and was charged with property damage and theft.

Wanted mum Sammi Kendrick who allegedly stabbed stepdad in back breaks silence in social media posts

Camera IconMs Kendrick was previously charged after allegedly stealing an electric wheelchair from a disabled pensioners' backyard in July. Supplied/SA Police Credit: NCA NewsWire

Police have appealed to the public to help locate the woman.

They’ve asked anyone who sees Ms Kendrick or knows where she is asked to call immediately 131444 or triple-0.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

She has been described as about 156cm tall with a slim build and long brown hair and is regularly around the southern suburbs.

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