A 71-year-old Burnsville woman assaulted her husband by hitting him in the head with a hammer and tried to strangle him with a telephone cord, according to the criminal complaint, The Pioneer Press reported.
Shannon Ripka was charged with attempted domestic assault by strangulation, terroristic threats and interfering with a 911 call in Dakota County District Court, The Pioneer Press reported.
Ripka called police Monday saying that her husband had assaulted her and she had hit him with a hammer in their Burnsville home, according to the complaint, The Pioneer Press reported.
Her husband, identified as "L.R." in the complaint, said she assaulted him and wiped excrement on his face because he was still in bed at 8 a.m., according to the complaint, The Pioneer Press reported.
Her husband said he believes Ripka is mentally ill and has dementia but she refuses to go to the doctor to get a formal diagnosis, according to the complaint, Kare 11 reported.
Ripka was taken into custody. She has given no statement to the police and is exercising her right to remain silent, Kare 11 reported.