It was a clear case of domestic assault in Belmont County. A man lashed out, and his wife ended up bleeding and was rushed to the hospital.
But there’s a different twist. This couple was elderly. The husband was 84 years old, and the wife was 91.
They live on Negus Road in Martins Ferry.
Sheriff Dave Lucas says the man assaulted the woman, leaving her with a lacerated forearm.
She went to a neighbor for help, who called 911.
Deputies arrived to find the wife bleeding and the husband apparently suffering from dementia.
“This is a classic case,” says Sheriff Lucas. “Because of the medical condition, he lashed out, injured her, not purposely, and we had to deal with it. She got treated and released and she didn’t want anything done to him, so we tried to get him the help he needs.”
The sheriff says the wife was taken to the hospital, where she got stitches.
He says the husband was confused, asking why they changed the numbers in the phone book, and whether the officers were real or pretend.
A family member took him to a local hospital for evaluation.
There was no arrest, but the sheriff says a report will be forwarded to the prosecutor.
The sheriff says this type of case is surprisingly common.