BOTHELL — Beaten and stabbed, she believed she was going to die.
In those moments of uncertainty, she told her alleged attacker, the father of her children, to take care of them, according to court records.
The woman survived.
Her husband, 35, is charged in Snohomish County Superior Court with first-degree domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bothell-area home June 16. They found the woman lying in the driveway, bleeding.
Witnesses told police the woman called for help and identified her husband as her attacker.
Her 7-year-old son heard her screams and allegedly saw his father holding a knife.
When the suspect was taken into custody, he allegedly made several statements to police that included: “I’m sorry,” “I love my wife” and “Is my wife dead?”
Among her injuries was a stab wound to the neck. She was listed in critical condition the night of the attack.
She later told a detective that her husband grew angry after she said she wanted to end their marriage.
“She stated that the defendant threatened her and said he would kill her and that she would not ‘belong to anybody else’ if she did not ‘belong to him,’” according to court papers.
The suspect has no known criminal history.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know needs help relating to domestic violence, contact Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County’s 24-hour confidential hotline at 425-252-2873.