William Wolford, 66, was charged with simple assault in connection with the use of a leash on his wife, authorities said.
(West Manchester Township Police)
A Maryland man was arrested and charged with assault Saturday after he allegedly pulled a belt around his wife’s neck.
A witness said William Wolford, 66, was walking around the York Fair in Pennsylvania over the weekend, with an approximately 8 meters long, dog-style leash attached to his wife’s neck, the York Daily Record reported, citing charging documents.
Wolford pulled on the line, which caused his wife’s head snap back and left red marks around her throat, the witness added, according to the paper, citing documents.
The 66-year-old told the police that his wife, Catherine Wolford, suffers from an advanced stage of dementia and that he decided to have a leash to keep her after she wandered off for more than an hour on the stock exchange last year, FOX 43, York, Pa., reported.
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Wolford said the leash was originally around her waist, but somehow managed to move up to her neck, the Record reported citing documents. When his wife walked away, Wolford, said the slack was tight and he “gently pulled on the belt, so that they would stop.'”
He was charged with simple assault and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Wolford is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 18, according to the paper.
The couple’s son vouched for his father, and told the police that he was not abusive, FOX 43 reported.
Catherine Wolford received medical care and was very disoriented,” the paper reported, citing documents.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.