Charge: Woman plunged ax into uncle's head in Auburn
A 33-year-old woman is charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault for reportedly swinging the ax at her aunt before turning it on her uncle during an argument.
Police were called about 9:41 p.m. to the Tall Cedars Mobile Home Park, where they found a man inside one of the trailers "bleeding profusely" from his head. Two other people in the home identified the attacker as Daniell Meckle and reported that she left the trailer, police reports say.
A witness told officers that the victim was sleeping on a couch in the living room when Meckle and her aunt got into an argument. The victim awoke during the argument and sat up, reports indicate.
The aunt said she and the victim were visiting and that Meckle didn't want them in her home, court records say. She claimed that Meckle lunged at her while swinging an ax in her hand and the aunt stepped back to avoid being hit.
Meckle then allegedly turned to her uncle and swing the ax downward, striking him once on the top of his head. The aunt said she heard a crack and then Meckle used both hands to remove the ax, according to the incident report.
The witnesses said she then went to her bedroom to grab a bag of clothing and left the home.
Officers found Meckle walking near another trailer and arrested her.
The next day, investigators listened to a jail phone call in which Meckle allegedly advised a neighbor -- the one who lives in the trailer where cops found her -- to hide something. Detectives spoke with that neighbor, who reportedly admitted that Meckle wanted him to hide the ax, but she had buried it in his backyard before she was arrested.
Investigators dug up the ax, wrapped in a plastic garbage back, and noticed that it smelled of laundry detergent, reports say. It appeared the ax had been washed to destroy evidence, authorities say.
The victim was intubated upon his arrival at Harborview Medical Center, but staff expected him to survive his wounds.
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