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Short Hills Woman Charged with Stabbing Husband

Woman arrested on assault charges stemming from domestic violence incident Sunday night.

updated with information from Sept. 6

Millburn Police arrested a 44-year-old Short Hills woman Sunday night on assault charges stemming from a domestic violence incident in which police say she stabbed her husband with a steak knife.

Police spokesman Lt. Peter Eakley said that the 44-year-old victim was taken to the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, where he has been reported to be in stable condition.

The woman was also chaged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon.

Bail was set at $2,000, and the woman is currently being hospitalized in East Orange General Hospital, Eakley said in a release. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is now hanlding the case, he said, but prosecutors were not available for comment Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said that because it is a domestic violence case, they will not release any additional information until the investigation is complete.

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

M OKeef September 05, 2011 at 07:59 PM
I commend Patch for not printing the family's names. But after the past week, I do wonder if the reason for the fight was sparked by lose of power and water for 3+ days.....am surprised more people didn't go over the edge. It can be very stressful situation to deal with for days on end. Hope everyone has all utilities fully restored at this point.
Susan1 September 05, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Domestic violence can occur anywhere. If you need help, call the Rachel Coalition at 973-740-1233 (24-hour hotline) and ask for Rachel. They will help you get out. Sad story.
Hedley September 05, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Of course they should print the name. It's a public record. Moreover, any one of us could be living next door and might want to keep our children away from the knife-wielding woman.
Steven September 05, 2011 at 10:00 PM
It wasn't the Patch's decision not to print the name but rather the police department's. Why that's the case is beyond me, and why the bail in a domestic-violence matter is so low seems highly unusual. Yes, this couple's private life should remain just that: private. But once the police are called in, it's a matter of public record. The names should be released for the reason someone details elsewhere here and simply because the police in this town regularly release the names of adults and teens 18+ who commit infractions big or small. (Think they'd ever hesitate to release the names of people stealing stuff at the mall?) Sounds like a nasty situation and I hope the couple deals with it in an appropriate way. But the names should be released.
susan September 05, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I called the police to ask them why they didn't release the name, and they can't legally for a domestic violence call. I guess it makes sure people call the police if they need help and are not afraid their names will end up in the paper. The prosecutor's office can release the names, that is why the police said they are in charge.
MarkDS September 05, 2011 at 10:20 PM
As a person, not a minor, accused of a crime the name of the alleged perpetrator will be released in short order as it is public record.
susan September 05, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Of course MarkDS and Millersman think they know everything... lol.. Is there anything you two guys don't know??
MarkDS September 05, 2011 at 10:24 PM
I'll say even more - I think the reason the name has not been released yet is because it is a holiday and the proper people to clear the release are not working. I expect the name will be out tomorrow.
MarkDS September 05, 2011 at 10:26 PM
They can not release the name of the victim but the name of the perpetrator is public record. It will need to be released in fairly short order.
M OKeef September 05, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Maybe it was self defense?
Laura Griffin September 05, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Thanks for posting this number, Susan1. Good information. And, yes, police did not release the names.
Kathy Murphy September 06, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Why is he in a hospital in Newark and she in a hospital in East Orange when Overlook Hospital in Summit and St. Barnabas in Livingston border Short Hills?
MillerMom September 06, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Wondering why the names weren't released, as the woman was arrested for stabbing her husband and possession of a dangerous weapon? The Millburn police always list the names of the 18 and older group, and for much less dangerous charges. Personally, I think the names should be withheld for all until they are found guilty of the charges against them. Not a fan of publishing the police blotter; never have been, never will be.
Susan1 September 06, 2011 at 01:19 AM
It sounds like she may be on a psychiatric hold and that may be the area facility for that. He may be in a specific hospital that caters to a specific type of injury. The whole thing is tragic and sad, especially if it turns out that there are children involved.
Mike Vinsonhaler September 06, 2011 at 01:29 AM
He is in Newark because it is the closest trauma center in the area and I'm told she is in the mental facility at this hospital. Hope this helped you understand why the various hospitals.
millresident September 06, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I'd rather talk about JCP&L..
jeri September 06, 2011 at 01:53 AM
I wouldn't be concerned for your children. I don't think this person normally goes around weilding a steak knife. Clearly intended for her husband. Sounds like someone reached a boiling point and momentarily snapped.
Damian September 06, 2011 at 12:20 PM
'Momentarily snapped' and tried to kill her husband? What's next, he drove her to it??
Cham September 06, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Sometimes in domestic violence cases (where the husband has been beating the woman for years), the woman does finally get a weapon and yes, attack or kill the husband. Not saying that's what necessarily happened here (since we don't know yet) but it's possible.
Laura Griffin September 06, 2011 at 01:25 PM
We hope to get more information today since it's no longer a holiday.
newleaf September 06, 2011 at 04:37 PM
@ Damian: I don't think we know all the facts. We don't know that she tried to kill her husband and the charges thus far are not consistent with attempted murder. We are projecting what we think may have happened but we don't even know how severely injured he is or where he was stabbed nor the circumstances. I do get your point completely, though, about stereotyping and the rush to judge a man when domestic battery is discovered. It's a shame our culture has become so quick to pounce without ever gathering all the facts. Shame too that we view men one way, and women another and an even bigger shame that anger management is not a skill we all possess. No matter what the circumstances that provoked it and regardless of the injuries sustained, NO human being deserves to be attacked by a steak knife. Period. I'm struggling what feels like rubber necking on the one hand, and a desire to know it's not someone I know on the other. If my neighbor snapped in such a manner, I probably would want to know as not to send my children over there. hough I'd like to believe I'd have better instincts about what playdates we accept. Bottom line---I feel compassion for this family. Assuming the man is able to heal and this was a case of someone snapping, they will be paying for this for a long time.
G. Anderson September 06, 2011 at 06:25 PM
What I find to be rather bewildering is that there is a prevalent underlying presumption that the man pushed the woman to her breaking point. Perhaps, the woman already had preexisting psychological problems. There are many variables, but for now, it's all conjecture. I just hope that children were not involved; if so, I hope they receive the support of both family and community during this very difficult time.
MillerMom September 07, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Was there further information released on this?
Laura Griffin September 07, 2011 at 02:58 PM
The prosecutor's office says that because it is a domestic violence case, they will not release any additional information until the investigation is complete.
MillerMom September 09, 2011 at 02:13 PM
The Item now prints the police blotter verbatim, including names of Millburn/Short hills residents. This is a recent change, and not a good one IMO. Other towns will print arrests, but omit the names, which is better especially of the charges against people are later dismissed. It is particularly destructive when the police blotter is printed online (as it is in Patch and places) because this mention of the arrest never goes away.
Steven September 09, 2011 at 02:24 PM
MillerMom has a point: A well-done, thoughtful police blotter should print follow-ups when charges have been dropped. But the statement that printing names in the police blotter is not a good change for The Item is off base. When someone gets arrested (and convicted) for DUI, for instance, it's certainly an embarrassment but that's the price you pay for putting someone else's life at risk. Same goes for the person caught shoplifting: If you don't want to deal with the shame of seeing your name in print (not to mention deal with getting arrested), than don't do the crime. Obviously people aren't thinking about these things when they get behind the wheel drunk or when they steal from a local store, and we all know that most deterrents don't work (see; death penalty), but that's still no excuse for not making this kind of record public. We have to be willing to cover and read about the good and the bad that happens in our town.
MillerMom September 09, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I agree---when they are convicted, they need to live with the consequences of their actions. The police blotter only lists the incident when people are arrested; in many cases, as with college kids, the charges are dropped for a variety of reasons. The arrest notice lives forever on the internet, simply by typing in the person's name.
Marty Wilson September 09, 2011 at 08:10 PM
steven - why say the death penalty doesn't work? For those who are put to death,they never commit another crime. That is what I call a zero recidivism rate - the best possible outcome. I think the police blotter (verbatim) should be in the printed edition but not online - online (and forever) is too damaging when they make a mistake initially, even if they correct it later. you are guilty even when proven innocent in the eyes of mr. google.
Steven September 09, 2011 at 09:07 PM
The issue wasn't recidivism but deterrence. We "lead" the developed world in murders by countless lengths, and since the return of the death penalty in 1976 the murder rate had climbed most years since. (Let's not get into the issue of innocent people ending up on death row, which led Illinois, for instance, to put a hold on executions.) So while the death penalty might stop a criminal from committing another murder or crime (outside of any he or she might commit while sitting in prison) it's in no way a deterrent and a shameful act for any civilized nation to commit. We are outraged by brutality in so many parts of the world yet more than 1200 people have been killed by the government here. And, again, while murder rate has declined a but in recent years, countless thousands are killed each year. For me, if you're found guilty of murder, you're put away for life, no appeals, no parole, no nothing. Even if you turn into a genuine saint in prison you're done. Yes, I know the costs of prison. So let's free the prisons of petty criminals and put the genuine crooks away.
Matt S May 04, 2012 at 05:15 AM
If the man had stabbed the woman, the bail would be $250,000, he'd be charged with a attempted murder, and I don't think they let him rest in a hospital. No one would be interested in any kind of argument about the man being abused for years.The Essex County Prosecutors office is a disgrace and our political correctness is also a disgrace.

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