Woman charged with scheme to give another woman HIV

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A Chattanooga woman with an extensive criminal past that dates back to 2009 now stands accused of purposely attempting to expose another woman with HIV.

27-year old Savannah Lee Downs was indicted on one count of criminal exposure to HIV and aggravated assault.

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According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, back on August 8th, Downs cut herself with a pocket Knife then assaulted another woman.

The affidavit goes on to say that during the altercation, Downs purposely rubbed her bloody hand across the other woman’s mouth in an attempt to give her HIV.

The affidavit says Downs is known to be HIV positive.