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September 22, 2013

Nurse tells story of abuse

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“On many occasions, he was not where he was supposed to be,” Meredith said. “Police came to my home at 2 a.m. to see that we were OK, for which I am thankful.”

She got an order of protection that legally prevented her husband from coming near her or the house they’d shared.

“Our children were told if Daddy showed up on the doorstep, they needed to dial 911. How can any child understand that? My entire life has been turned upside down.”

DREADS RELEASE

Meredith said her employer was very supportive.

“A parking spot was arranged for me, and staff was on alert,” she said. “I knew I had to be as prepared as possible.”

It all left her exhausted and worried for her safety and that of her children.

“The man I loved, the father of my children, tried to kill me. This situation consumed me. I am just now regaining my life back.”

She had wanted to leave before that day, she said, but finally drew enough courage to tell her husband.

“I relive the experience over and over again, the feeling of terror and the belief I was going to die.”

In February, her husband pleaded guilty to felony first-degree strangulation to avoid an attempted murder trial and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison and five years of supervision when he gets out.

Meredith said he could be out in 2021 with time off for good behavior.

“I dread the day he’s released.”

COERCIVE TACTICS

Supervisor David Blades (R-Lewis), a retired State Police investigator, praised Meredith for publicly telling her story.

“I’d like to thank Meredith for her courage,” he said. “It must have been difficult for her to come here.”

Accompanying Meredith to the meeting was Nicky Sudduth of the Stop Domestic Violence program, who said domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that are physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and economic.

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