Police in Schoharie County arrested a Middleburgh woman for allegedly stabbing her husband in the chest.
The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded on May 20 to a residence for a report of a stabbing victim. When they arrived they found a man suffering from a single stab wound to the chest.
He was transported to Albany Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to survive.
Arrested later was Kelly Wescott, 36, who was identified as the victim’s wife. She was charged with first-degree assault, a felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.
Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond identified the victim as Donald K. Wescott Sr., 60, of Huntersland Road in Middleburgh. The stabbing took place at the couple’s home while their three children were present, which led to the endangerment charges, Desmond said.
“I don’t know how much they saw or if they ran away,” said Desmond, who did not know the ages of the children.
Desmond said police believe the couple had been arguing about a potential move just prior to the stabbing. The weapon involved in the case was a 12-inch butcher’s knife.
The victim had a recent run-in with police after he was arrested May 13 for allegedly discharging a .45-caliber handgun within 500 feet of a residence. The incident occurred on Coons Road in Middleburgh, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and Wescott Sr. was later picked up at his home.
Police said he was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after it was found that the handgun was unregistered and that Wescott Sr. had previously been convicted of a felony.