ELIZABETHTOWN — Meredith King doesn’t want to remember the horrific day her husband choked her unconscious in their Westport home.
But she believes if she shares her experience, it may save others from what she went through.
King, the nurse-manager of outpatient services at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, has been speaking to groups and organizations in the area and recently appeared before the Essex County Board of Supervisors at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.
The room went silent as King took the podium and began speaking.
“On Sept. 25, 2011, my husband of 12 years nearly killed me, with our 8-year-old daughter in our home,” she said.
“I cannot overstate how much it changed me. My children’s lives are forever altered.”
She does, though, “continue to have support and loving people to help me through.”
King’s two children, who were 6 and 8 years old at the time of the assault, were not only in the home, she said, but the older child, a girl, was watching as her father punched and choked her mother.
She had told her husband, John, that she was leaving him and wanted a divorce.
Meredith described how he put his hands around her throat and cut off her breathing then shoved her into a corner of the room where she lay unconscious. She later awoke, injured, to see he was still in the room.
Her daughter had run upstairs and hidden, believing she would be attacked next.
Somehow, Meredith was able to call 911. State Police and EMTs soon showed up her house. Meanwhile, her husband ran outside with a gun and threatened to kill himself.
John King was eventually subdued by police and jailed. Then he got out of jail on home monitoring at a relative’s house with a GPS ankle bracelet.