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Yarmouth man charged with attempted murder of pregnant wife

Attack was witnessed by child, police say

A Yarmouth man is facing charges after allegedly severely beating his pregnant wife in front of an 18-month-old child, police said.

Matthew D. Chicoine, 22, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Barnstable District Court to six felony charges, including attempted murder, assault and battery on a pregnant person, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

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Yarmouth police responded at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to the Tidewater Motor Lodge after receiving reports of a domestic assault, police said.

Officers found Chicoine standing in the middle of a room, which had its door kicked in. Chicoine was “hostile” and “uncooperative,” and Officer David Schneeweis used a Taser to subdue him, said Chief Frank Frederickson. After handcuffing Chicoine, the officer removed a knife from a sheath hanging from his belt, Frederickson said.

As he was escorted to the police cruiser, Chicoine shouted obscenities and attempted to break the cruiser’s rear window with his head, police said. He was uninjured.

Chicoine’s wife, who is 5½ months pregnant, had blood on her hands and face and was moving stiffly, police reported.

The victim described being struck multiple times in the face, being strangled to the point of blacking out twice, and having her head deliberately smashed on a table, floor, and bathroom door by Chicoine, Frederickson said.

She was transported to Cape Cod Hospital, but her injuries were not considered life-threatening, he said.

Police did not say what the relationship was among the 18-month-old child, Chicoine, and his wife.

Chicoine is being held in Barnstable District Court without bail until a dangerousness hearing Friday, officials said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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