Her husband of 10 years was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree and attempted murder in the second degree.
Trigger Warning: This report has details of domestic violence that some readers may find disturbing
A pregnant woman from Washington died after succumbing to injuries suffered in a brutal attack by her husband, claimed officials. Stephanie Chaipis, 27, was beaten in front of one of their children and died five days later at the hospital, said officials, reported PEOPLE. Ian Sweeney, the 27-year-old's husband was arrested from the scene and charged with assault in the first degree and attempted murder in the second degree with a domestic violence enhancement.
The authorities had responded to a call of an unresponsive woman on January 10 at a home on the 5600 block of South Park Avenue, according to a press release by the Tacoma Police Department. The four children were at the home but only one witnessed the incident. The emergency personnel was informed that the injured woman had a physical altercation with the father of her children. Chaipis had suffered head trauma, including a possible skull fracture, and was declared brain dead at the hospital, stated the prosecutors.
Sweeney had reportedly admitted to the police that he had beaten his wife of 10 years and pushed her against the wall after consuming methamphetamine twice earlier in the day. "It's all my fault," he said. The pair share four children between the ages 1 to 8 and they were at home when Sweeney assaulted Chaipis. He reportedly questioned her "devotion and commitment" to him before violently shoving her against the wall, which caused her to hit her head, according to his statement to the cops. He repeatedly slapped his wife until her nose started bleeding. He then punched her in the chest, arms, thighs, and knees continuously. Only after she became dizzy and unwell did he stop and began to search online for side effects of head trauma, according to court documents.
He reportedly didn't provide first aid and called 911 only when he noticed she had stopped breathing, claimed the prosecution. The emergency responders alerted the authorities on seeing the injuries inflicted upon the woman as they recognized it as a clear sign of domestic abuse. Sweeney reportedly told his four children that he was in big trouble and would have to take an "adult time out (jail)." The cops arrested him immediately and pressed charges.
Doctors at the hospital said Chaipis was about eight weeks pregnant when she was admitted, according to court documents. Sweeney pleaded not guilty to his charges during an arraignment on January 13. The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said the charges against Sweeney would be upgraded following her death. "It is heartbreaking that four children will now grow up without their mother," said a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office. "Our thoughts are with them as we seek justice in this case." He is currently being held on a $1 million bond at Pierce County Jail with his hearing being scheduled for February 11.