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Man charged with attempted murder of wife

June 14, 1997

A Hancock man was arrested Friday on attempted murder charges for a Wednesday assault against his wife, the Washington County Sheriff's Department reported Saturday.

Michael James Hill Sr., 20, of 13703 Stein Road, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.

His wife, Amy Hill, 16, petitioned the court for a protection from abuse order Friday. She hadn't reported the incidents to police before Friday, police said.

In her petition, she said the assaults began June 6, police said.

On June 8, she was again allegedly assaulted and threatened with death, police said. Hill also allegedly held his hand over their 3-month-old infant's mouth and nose after it kept crying, police said.

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On Wednesday, June 11, Michael Hill allegedly threatened his wife with death again and allegedly attempted to stab her in the stomach with a knife, but she was able to move out of the way and the knife went into the bed and broke, cutting Michael Hill's thumb, police said.

Hill was arrested in Frederick, Md., and brought to the Washington County Detention Center. He is being held on $200,000 bond, police said.

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