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Norwalk Man Attacked Sleeping Wife, Police Say

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman was attacked by her intoxicated husband in her sleep and severely injured early Wednesday, Norwalk Police say. The 39-year-old woman, who had told her husband earlier that the marriage was over, required more than 50 stitches after being hit in the face with a blunt object, Sgt. Marc Lepore said.

Jonathan Leroy Baxter, 44, of 10 Richelieu St., was being held on $500,000 bond after being Tased and arrested. He had locked himself in a bedroom and stabbed himself and was still being treated at Norwalk Hospital at 11:30 a.m.

He had left the home after his wife told him she wanted out of the relationship, Sgt. James Walsh said, and came back intoxicated. He found her in bed sleeping and hit her with a blunt object, possibly a broken pool stick or a household iron, police said.

The wife got out of the house and knocked on doors, Lepore said. Police were called to 10 Richelieu St. at 1:46 a.m. by neighbors who heard her screaming, Walsh said. They found the victim outside with her 15-year-old daughter. Police said she was so distraught that she could not say what happened, but the 15-year-old said her stepfather had beaten her mother.

The woman's face was bruised and had a laceration, and her left arm was disfigured, Walsh said. Police were told that Baxter was barricaded upstairs and there were other children in the house, a 13-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, Walsh said. Police got the kids out and followed a trail of blood upstairs to the bedroom, where they negotiated with Baxter for half an hour through the door, which had furniture pushed against it.

When Baxter's ex-wife called and said he had attempted suicide, they broke in, Walsh said. He had stabbed himself in the left chest and wrist, taken prescription drugs, and left a note. Lepore said he was combative and Tased in the course of the arrest.

He was initially charged with criminal attempt to committ murder, but the charge was dropped to first-degree assault. Three counts of risk of injury to a minor were added as the morning progressed. He was also charged with unlawful restraint first degree and interfering with an officer.

The investigation continued with police obtaining a search warrant to go through the house.

Updated, 5:44 p.m.

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