CHESHIRE — A woman is reportedly on life support after police say she was stabbed by her husband in a domestic dispute at their home Wednesday night.
Emanual Dominguez-VillaGomez, 31, of 780 Mountain Road, was charged with first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, and first-degree unlawful restraint. He appeared in Meriden Superior Court Friday.
An 11-year-old child present during the incident was not injured.
Police received two 911 calls reporting the assault around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. In the second, no one spoke but the 11-year-old could be heard screaming and crying in the background, according to an arrest warrant. Police used 911 GPS software to trace the call.
When police arrived they saw the wife of Dominguez-VillaGomez on the floor in a pool of blood and a large amount of blood splattered on the walls, the warrant said. Dominguez-VillaGomez unlocked the door and allowed police to enter. A 2-year-old was also in the home at the time, the warrant said.
Police found several knives on the foyer floor and a knife in the kitchen. The woman told police that Dominguez-VillaGomez tried to kill her because, “He say, I cheated on him,” the warrant said. She was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. Doctors found her throat had been cut from side to side and that she had suffered 20 to 30 stab wounds, the warrant said. She was listed in critical condition.
Dominguez-VillaGomez had several cuts, was covered in blood, and had deep lacerations on his wrists. According to the warrant, cuts to his neck were superficial. He told police his wife attacked him first. Dominguez-VillaGomez did not sustain cuts to his palms or the backs of his hands, which are commonly seen with defensive knife wounds, the warrant said. He was treated and transported to a separate area hospital.
The 11-year-old told police that he heard arguing from the first floor, saw his stepfather choking his mother and noticed blood on the floor, the warrant said. The child called 911 with a cell phone, the warrant said.
School Superintendent Jeff Solan sent a letter to parents and staff Friday regarding the incident.
“There was a domestic incident which occured on Wednesday night. To be clear, no students nor community members are in any danger at this time,” he said in the correspondence. “We have arranged opportunities for students to speak with local mental health care providers to help cope with this tragic situation.”
A list of resources and contacts were included.
The State Police Major Crimes Unit assisted local police in the investigation. When Dominguez-VillaGomez was released from the hospital, he was taken into custody.
Dominguez-VillaGomez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Friday. The state’s attorney's office told the judge that the victim was on life support He is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court Sept 17.