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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.

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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