Cops: 'Jealous' Husband Arrested After Trying to Shoot Wife Breastfeeding Their Newborn
A Minnesota man jealous of his newborn tried to shoot his wife while she was breastfeeding their baby, authorities said.
Nicholas George Lehmeier, 28, was charged earlier this month with a felony count of assault with a firearm for the July 2015 incident, CBS Minnesota reported Thursday, citing a criminal complaint.
Lehmeier's wife said he pointed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun at her as she fed their four-month-old, and pulled the trigger just feet from her, but the weapon didn't fire, the complaint said, according to the station.
The Cold Spring woman forward on Feb. 8 month, telling police she had endured abuse for a decade but didn't say anything because Lehmeier threatened to kill her and their five children, the station reported.
The woman said her husband was allegedly upset that she was spending more time with the baby than with him.
According to the complaint, the shotgun incident happened the night the couple were brought their children home following their removal by child welfare authorities after the father was convicted of assaulting their seven-year-old, the station reported.
It was not clear whether Lehmeier had entered a plea or was in custody.