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A Connecticut mother was allegedly stabbed by her husband before firefighters found her in the middle of the road.
Ainsley Panton, 28, has been charged with the murder of his wife, Moesha Watson, 24, who died in the Overlook neighborhood of Waterbury, Connecticut, Tuesday morning, according to Fox Hartford affiliate WTIC. Watson was allegedly stabbed in her Willow Street townhouse before witnesses saw her struggling to escape her residence shortly after 10:00 a.m.
Watson reportedly lived across the street from the Waterbury firehouse; several firefighters, just returning from a call, found Watson in the street.
“They saw a female that was in distress in the roadway,” said Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo. “They went and investigated that particular incident and realized she needed medical attention.”
According to the Hartford Courant, the victim sustained wounds to her neck, wrists, and elsewhere.
“This is a very gruesome, very violent scene,” Spagnolo added.
Despite firefighters’ attempts to administer life-saving measures, Watson succumbed to her injuries before she could be transported from the street.
Police say Ainsley Panton was responsible for stabbing Watson.
“At some point during that domestic violence incident, Ainsley Panton did stab Moesha a number of times throughout her body,” said Spagnolo.
Panton allegedly attacked his wife with their children, ages 3 and 5, still inside the home, according to WTIC. One of them reportedly witnessed the stabbing.
“I heard those kids crying,” neighbor Marquetta Gill told WTIC.
Two older children were at school when the murder occurred, according to NBC Connecticut. CT Insider reported the younger children were unharmed but taken to Waterbury Hospital for observation. They were later placed in the care of the state’s Department of Children and Families.
A local store owner on the scene also tried to help save Watson, according to WTIC. He said he saw Watson struggle to open her garage door before she made it to the street and collapsed.
“I heard somebody crying so loud,” the distraught store owner told reporters. “The fire department came fast to do the CPR, but the lady died in the middle of the street.”
Police said the family was new to the neighborhood, according to NBC Connecticut.
Authorities found Panton without physical injury at the couple’s home before he was transported to the hospital to be treated for a heart condition, according to NBC Connecticut. Officials said they are working with the state’s attorney’s office to have him arraigned.
On top of murder charges, Panton was also charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child.
Requests for comment from the Waterbury Police Department were not immediately returned.
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