John M. Hyatt, 49
A Kingsport woman's multiple trips to the hospital — where she was eventually placed on life support with a ruptured spleen — have spurred an attempted murder charge against her husband.
John M. Hyatt, 49, of 414 Chadwell Road, appeared in Kingsport Court on Tuesday. An affidavit says Hyatt was arrested last week, following a Sullivan County Sheriff's Office investigation into injuries his wife had sustained over the past month.
Court records say the victim's family notified law enforcement in late June, after the woman was hospitalized in intensive care for a week. Police report that over that time she was placed on a ventilator and fed with a tube, while doctors acknowledged major trauma suffered to her spleen didn't appear to be the result of an automobile crash or fall. She also reportedly lost a large amount of blood.
As police began investigating the case, they reportedly found abuse going back to early June, which caused the victim to be hospitalized multiple times. On June 13, Hyatt allegedly brought his wife to Indian Path Medical Center with a broken arm, saying she had injured it "in bed." She also reportedly suffered injuries to her head, side and stomach.
The woman was treated for those injuries and released. But four days later, according to court documents, she was "just left" at Holston Valley Medical Center with a ruptured spleen and perforated ulcer.
According to police, Hyatt dropped his wife off at Holston Valley and returned home. He was afraid to return to Indian Path because they had "been there so much."
Sullivan County detectives obtained a warrant for Hyatt's arrest, charging him with attempted second-degree murder. He was brought into custody July 1 and released the next day after posting $40,000 bond.
The next court date for Hyatt, who has been assigned a public defender, is set for Sept. 12.