NYPD Psychologist Pleads Guilty To Shooting Husband In Head As He Slept

She resigned from the NYPD on Friday.

By Jaime Lutz

A woman who worked as a psychologist to New York City police officers pleaded guilty Friday to the 2013 shooting of her husband as he slept in bed, People magazine reported.

Emily Dearden’s husband woke up in 2013 with a pain on the left side of his head, and only learned at the hospital that he had been shot in the jaw. He survived the shooting but had to undergo jaw surgery and eight days of hospitalization.

Dearden originally claimed that someone had broke into their home, and that she had been hit on the side of her head by intruders. But The New York Post reported that cops were skeptical of her claims, because the home’s burglar alarm wasn’t activated and there was no sign of forced entry. The family’s dog didn’t even bark.

A year after the shooting, her husband Kenneth sued his wife, claiming that she tried to kill him so she could be with her lover. She was arrested soon after.

Dearden was originally charged with attempted murder, which would have resulted in a punishment of up to 25 years in prison. But Dearden’s lawyer negotiated a plea deal in which she was charged with first-degree assault, resulting in just a 3 1/2 year sentence, the Post reported.

The psychologist resigned from the NYPD on Friday.

[Image: Westchester County Attorney's Office]

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