Man in custody after allegedly killing wife, injuring his mother-in-law with meat cleaver, police say

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A Burlington man is in custody after allegedly killing his wife with a meat cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law, police say.

Aita Gurung, 34, returned home Thursday afternoon after voluntarily admitting himself to the hospital for a mental-health evaluation, The Burlington Free press reported.

Gurung called police Saturday about his mental state as it related to concerns over his relationship with his wife, Yogeswari Khadka, 32, police Chief Brandon del Pozo said.

An ambulance was sent and Gurung was admitted to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

The attack began shortly after Gurung was relased Thursday afternoon. The incident took place at the family home and ended outside with one armed neighbor intervening and detaining Gurung until police arrived, del Pozo said.

Khadka died from severe head injuries, including wounds to her skull arms and hands.

Gurung’s mother-in-law was at the hospital Thursday night for injuries sustained during the attack. She is in critical condition.

Gurung is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted murder, the Free Press reported.

He is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

The couple have and 8-year-old child that was at school when the attack took place.

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