Crime

Bellefonte man arrested after girlfriend stabs herself in domestic dispute

A Bellefonte man was arrested and his girlfriend was hospitalized Saturday after she stabbed herself in the chest during a domestic dispute at their home.

Police responded to the call early Saturday afternoon at the home on Stoney Batter after a neighbor saw the man throw a rifle into his front yard, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The CDT is not naming the suspect in this article in an effort to protect the identity of the woman and their daughter.

Police said they searched the residence, but did not find any ammunition. They did find, however, blood on the sidewalk outside of the home, on the front porch and throughout the house, the affidavit said. Further investigation determined that the blood came from a self-inflicted stab wound after an altercation in the house turned violent.

The woman, 39, told police the couple were arguing about fidelity issues and the flavor of a birthday cake she was preparing for their daughter.

After stabbing herself in the chest, the woman told police that the man, 52, instead of calling police, told her that if she wanted to kill herself that she ought to do it “the right way,” the affidavit said.

The man then dragged the woman through the house, the affidavit continued, and he eventually pointed a a rifle at her chest and stated in front of their daughter, “Do you see what your crazy (expletive) mother did?”

According to the affidavit, the man is a convicted felon and is legally not permitted to be in possession of a firearm, which he cited as his reason for throwing the gun in the front yard.

Bellefonte police Officer Lucas Ryan Nelson contacted Child and Youth Services, which agreed to “tend to the welfare” of their child.

Information on how severe the woman’s injuries are, or if she is still in the hospital or had to undergo surgery, was not available Monday.

The man was charged with seven misdemeanors including making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of an instrument of crime with intent to harm another. He is being held at the Centre County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 30 before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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