UPDATE: Name and Details Released in South Point Stabbing

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UPDATE 2/28/14 @ 4:30 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A family's now torn apart by tragedy.

Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies say Jason Ellis, 36, and his wife got into a heated argument sometime after 6 p.m. Thursday at their home along Township Road 1019 in South Point.

Investigators say that argument ended with the wife stabbing the husband in the neck.

"When officers arrived at the residence, the entry door was open and you could tell a situation occurred inside of there," Lawrence County (Ohio) Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. "There was evidence of blood. So, that scene was secured until we could obtain a search warrant to look through the house."

After the stabbing, investigators say the couple, along with their two young children, jumped in a car and drove to Cabell Huntington Hospital. However, it was already too late. Jason Ellis was pronounced dead a short time later by hospital staff.

"This is just a horrific situation for anyone to be in," Lawless said. "Many lives are affected when any death occurs. And when something like this happens, the children will live with this forever and certainly the wife."

Lawless says the case is proof that anything can happen in the heat of the moment. "We all have arguments with our families and spouses and things, but you should never let it escalate to a point like this," Lawless said. "This is just something that got out of hand too quickly."

At this time, no one has been charged with any crime. Lawless says charges could be brought up in the near future, or the case could be sent to a grand jury.

The Ellis's children, ages 12 and 3, were at the home at the time of the stabbing and rode with their parents to the hospital. WSAZ.com has learned the children are still with their mother.

Lawless said Children Services has been notified and will follow up to make sure everything is OK with the children.

UPDATE 2/28/14 @ 10:25 a.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who died following a stabbing that began as a domestic argument.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Jason Ellis, 36, of South Point, died at Cabell Huntington Hospital as the result of a stab wound to the neck.

The stabbing happened at Ellis’ home in the 200 block of Township Road 1019 early Thursday evening.

Lawless says around 6:30 p.m., Huntington Police contacted the Sheriff’s Office to say a man had died of a stab wound after arriving at the hospital.

The Sheriff says that an argument between Ellis and his wife escalated into a fight. During the struggle, Ellis’ wife got a knife and Mrs. Ellis stabbed him.

The couple then got into a car and drove to the hospital.

Lawless says the couple’s two children were in the house during the incident.

At this time no charges have been filed in the case.

Mr. Ellis’ body was taken to W.Va. Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/27/14 @10:30 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal stabbing at a home in South Point, Ohio early Thursday evening

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says at roughly 6:30 p.m., Huntington Police contacted the Sheriff’s Office to say a man had died of a stab wound after arriving at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Sheriff Lawless says the stabbing happened at a home in 200 block of Township Road 1019 and was the result of a domestic argument between a husband and wife that escalated into a fight where the husband suffered a stab wound.

Lawless says the husband and wife then got into a car and drove themselves to the hospital where the man died.

The Sheriff said detectives were interviewing the wife and witnesses along with collecting evidence from the house.

As of late Thursday night, no arrests have been made.

Lawless is not releasing the names of the involved until family members have been notified.

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