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Minnesota Mother Assaulted With Jar of Pasta Sauce Die; Daughter Charged in Connection With Case: Cops

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Aug. 9 2023, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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A 78-year-old Minnesota woman was allegedly pushed down the steps and assaulted with a can of pasta sauce by her daughter during a confrontation, according to authorities.

Around 3:10 p.m. on June 27, police responded to a residence in Maple Grove for a report of domestic abuse and met with the victim, according to the Maple Grove Police Department.

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The victim, later identified as Sheila Wobbeking by KSTP-TV, rented out a home to her daughter, 49-year-old Nicole Wobbeking.

Nicole was reportedly behind on rent and having some problems with the neighbors, so Sheila went to the residence to confront her about it, police said.

The daughter initially didn’t answer the door, so Sheila eventually went into the home and Nicole reportedly started yelling derogatory remarks, pushed her down the stairs and hit her in the ribs and hips with a jar of pasta sauce, officials said.

Sheila was able to get out of the home and call for help, police said. First responders arrived and medics transported Sheila to a local hospital. She was treated and later released.

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On June 29, police said Nicole was arrested on probable cause charges related to misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault, and she was released the next day.

Police then learned the victim suffered a broken bone from the assault, so Nicole was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on an upgraded charge of felony third-degree assault on June 30.

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On July 5, Sheila reportedly suffered a medical emergency caused by a pulmonary thromboembolism from the broken bone and police were called to her home again. Officers attempted lifesaving measures, but she died from her injuries.

The woman’s death was ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Nicole remains held in the Hennepin County Jail and homicide charges are possible, officials said.


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