Man Says Hitting Wheelchair-Bound Wife With Bat Was Attempted Mercy Killing: Cops

Lehigh Valley man says that beating his wheelchair-bound wife with a bat and trying to drown her was an attempted mercy killing, police say

A Lower Macungie man hit his wheelchair-bound wife in the head multiple times with a baseball bat and then tried to drown her in a bathtub, Pennsylvania State Police say.

The man said that the attack was an attempted “mercy killing,” reports the Morning Call.

State police were called to the home of Louella and John Geisinger 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a friend found Louella badly injured and crying in her wheelchair.

Louella told state police that her 66-year-old husband hit her four or five times with a baseball bat at their home on the 1400 block of Hidden Valley Road in Macungie Township, police say.

The 64-year-old woman told police that her husband followed up the bat-beating with an attempted drowning in their bathtub.

According to the affidavit, John Geisinger drove to work as usual and told his boss that he “did a horrific thing” and tried a “mercy killing” of his wife, reports the Morning Call.

Louella Geisinger was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

John Geisinger was arrested on charges of criminal attempted homicide. He was arraigned and sent to Lehigh County Prison on $1 million bail.

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