A Milford man and his live-in girlfriend are under arrest Tuesday night after police said she stabbed and tried to strangle her lover's mother while he tampered with the evidence.
According to police, Kimberly Daniel, 44, of New York, placed a bag over the 80-year-old woman's head to prevent her from breathing and stabbed her in the chest with scissors at a home on Christine Terrace about 2:30 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers found the woman suffering from multiple stab wounds and took her to an area hospital, where she is in stable condition.
Police said she is expected to be OK.
Daniel was located by officers a short distance away from the crime scene and was arrested.
The victim's son, Dana Forgette, 46, of Milford, was inside the home when officers arrived and investigators determined that he allegedly tampered with a pair of scissors and a plastic bag used in the stabbing.
Forgette was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, second-degree hindering prosecution and interfering with police.
Daniel was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree strangulation.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Dana Forgette's mother, who they identified as Joan Forgette, was "very protective" of him growing up.
"He's always come across as perfectly harmless," said Joe Settani, of Milford.
Neighbors also told Eyewitness News that Daniel had recently moved into Christine Terrace home.
"It was absolutely shocking. Imagine she was sleeping, because I've known her for years and she's feisty, woulda defended herself," Settani said. "In shock someone would do that, especially in this neighborhood. It's not that type of neighborhood."
Dana Forgette and Daniel were arraigned at Superior Court in Milford on Tuesday.
According to court documents, Daniel, who was previously arrested for sixth-degree larceny, third-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence, was seen wailing while leaving court.
The defense asked for a psychiatric evaluation and for Daniel to be placed on suicide watch.
Daniel, who has no job and no savings, according to court documents, is being held $200,000 bond. A protective order issued for her against the victim and her case was continued until April 23.
If he makes $20,000 bond set by the judge, the court ordered Dana Forgette, who has no criminal record, not to have contact with his girlfriend and go to anger management classes.
Dana Forgette, who is currently working, had his case continued to April 16.
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