Quebec man charged with attempted murder after assault leaves woman in critical condition

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Police went to a Sainte-Julienne home after reports of an assault around 7:45 p.m.  (Stéphane Grégoire / Radio-Canada - image credit)
Police went to a Sainte-Julienne home after reports of an assault around 7:45 p.m. (Stéphane Grégoire / Radio-Canada - image credit)

A 42-year-old man appeared in court in Joliette, Que., this afternoon to face multiple charges for an attack that left a woman in critical condition and a baby injured.

The man is facing seven charges, including attempted murder, uttering threats and failing to stop while being pursued by a peace officer.

He is also charged with assault causing bodily harm on both the woman and an 11-month-old.

Police say suspect attacked the 37-year-old woman with a sharp object Sunday night in Sainte-Julienne, in the Lanaudière region of Quebec. She is still in hospital in serious condition.

The baby's injuries were minor.

Prosecutor Geneviève Aumond says the case is being treated as one of domestic violence.

Provincial police were called to a house on Route 337 after reports of an assault at around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The suspect initially resisted arrest, forcing officers to embark on a short police chase, which ended a few kilometres from the building when the man's vehicle hit an electric pole on Saint-Pierre Street in Joliette, about 70 kilometres north of Montreal.

The man was transported to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Jean-Raphaël Drolet, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec, said beyond the baby, other children were present when police arrived.

He wouldn't confirm how many. Police won't confirm the relationship between the suspect and the victim to protect her identity.

The major crimes unit of the SQ's Mascouche station is leading the investigation.

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