Vandergrift woman charged with stabbing ex-husband
A Vandergrift woman was charged on Tuesday with attempted homicide and assault for allegedly using a dagger to stab her ex-husband in his neck and a lung on Thursday.
District Judge Jason Buczak ordered Erin K. Baldwin, 40, held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.
According to bond papers, she will be sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of bond unless she is admitted to a secured in-patient mental health facility to await the hearing.
Baldwin had been in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, since shortly after police arrived at 513-A Lowell St. early on Thursday.
At about 6:30 a.m., police found Baldwin and victim Dane E. Hawley, 41, on a porch of his residence. A bloody knife was on the floor between them.
Hawley had wounds to his throat and side. He was admitted to Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, on Thursday and released on Monday after treatment for an injury to a neck artery and a punctured lung.
Westmoreland detectives and Vandergrift investigated.
Police said Hawley and Baldwin's 10-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter, who were in Hawley's custody, were upstairs when the attack happened.
Police said the couple has been divorced about 10 years and Baldwin was at the house to visit the children.
Hawley was cut by an 8-inch, double-edged dagger with skulls on the handle.
According to a police report, Hawley said he was attacked without warning and he was stabbed twice before he saw her with the knife in her hand.
In addition to attempted homicide, Baldwin is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Buczak ordered her held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of bond pending a Jan. 28 preliminary hearing by District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec.
Baldwin was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by Buczak because Yakopec was the night court judge.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or email@example.com.
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