Woman Charged with Stabbing Ex-Husband


Communities / Aug. 1, 2013 12:31pm EDT

By Eric Francis

Cindy Laplante of Randolph at Windsor County Court last week. (Provided / Eric Francis) Cindy Laplante of Randolph at Windsor County Court last week. (Provided / Eric Francis) A Randolph woman charged with stabbing her ex-husband in the chest with a steak knife during a heated argument on School Street late Wednesday afternoon, May 24, was urged by a judge to get into residential alcohol treatment as soon as possible.

Cindy LaPlante, 51, appeared in the Windsor County Courthouse in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt on Thursday afternoon. A public defender entered an innocent plea on her behalf to a felony charge of first degree aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon.

Troy Lafountain, 48, told investigators that LaPlante attacked him on her father’s front porch after he told her he was leaving because he’d “had enough” of what he said was her increasingly erratic behavior.

Noting that LaPlante had registered a 0.322 percent blood alcohol level ona breath test that the Randolph Police gave her following her arrest, Judge Katherine Hayes said Thursday that she would be amenable to modifying LaPlante’s pre-trial conditions whenever a suitable treatment bed could be located for her.

Although they are no longer husband and wife, LaPlante and Lafountain had been living together for the past couple of months as boyfriend/girlfriend according to Harold LaPlante, Cynthia’s father, who told police the pair had been drinking heavily and engaging in intense verbal arguments during that time.

Randolph Police Officer Kevin Blanchard said Harold LaPlante told him he had seen his daughter stab Lafountain in the same part of his upper chest with a pair of scissors approximately two weeks beforehand.

Officer Blanchard wrote that Harold LaPlante said that Wednesday’s assault had resulted in a wound severe enough that Lafountain had blood “spurting out” of his chest.

LaPlante said he confronted his daughter about it, and she allegedly stated “this is the worst (she had) ever done it,” according to Blanchard’s report.

Randolph Police Sgt. David Leighton wrote that when he arrived at the emergency room at the Gifford Medical Center, Lafountain was conscious and alert but also covered in a large amount of dried blood after having been rushed there immediately by a friend.

Leighton said that at first Lafountain was not forthcoming about what had happened and even asked if police “could just let it go.”

A short time later a relation brought LaPlante to the hospital to check on Lafountain’s condition. Sgt. Leighton wrote that she was clearly intoxicated and insisted that she had not harmed Lafountain but instead that he had fallen onto one of her crochet hooks and accidentally hurt himself.

Blanchard said police did locate a crochet hook in the apartment, which he described as clean and neat and free of any blood, but he said the hook was in pristine condition while police also quickly located a steak knife that was in the sink in the kitchen.

LaPlante has a previous criminal record that includes convictions for retail thefts, violating abuse prevention orders, disorderly conduct, simple assault, and violations of probation. If convicted, she faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

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