Man accused of attacking neighbors with sledgehammer

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A 26-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he allegedly attacked a pregnant woman and her 10-year-old daughter in a neighboring residence while armed with a samurai sword and sledgehammer. The incident occurred on Wednesday, December 11th at 2628 N. 10th Street.

Malcolm Wright

Malcolm Wright

The accused, 26-year-old Malcolm Wright, is facing one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety (use of a dangerous weapon) and one count of physical abuse of a child (intentional causation, high probability).

According to the criminal complaint, Wright's father witnessed him walk to the neighbor's house with a samurai sword on December 11th. The complaint indicates Wright approached the house and began striking the door as if he was trying to get inside.

After hitting the door multiple times, Wright allegedly went back to his own residence and retrieved a sledgehammer before returning to the neighbor's home. The complaint indicates Wright then began to hammer on the neighbor's door until it slammed open.

According to the criminal complaint, Wright then entered the neighbor's home and struck a child sleeping on a couch in the living room. The child's scream prompted the mother to enter the living room. At that time, Wright allegedly struck the child's mother several times in the chest, back and head with a hard object. The woman was seven months pregnant.

Shortly after the incident, Wright's father told police he saw his son exit the neighbor's front door with the sledgehammer still in his hands. At that time, Wright's father yelled to his wife to call police.

When police arrived on the scene, Wright turned over the sledgehammer, which was covered in a red substance that appeared to be blood, according to the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, the child was transported to Children's Hospital for a contusion/laceration to the right cheek and left eye. Due to the nature and shape of the wound, officials believe the victim was hit with the samurai sword at least twice, according the complaint.

The child's mother was transported to Froedtert for several fractured rips, broken bones in her face, a severe cut to her left ear, a swollen eye, a deep cut to her right elbow, which caused the bone to be exposed, and several lesser cuts to her forearm.

FOX6 News has learned the pregnant woman was forced to deliver her child prematurely as a result of the attack.

The criminal complaint does not indicate what prompted the attack. However, Wright's father indicated to police that his son is violent and has mental health issues.

Amanda Hester is now caring for her grandchildren while her daughter, who was the pregnant victim in this case struggles to recuperate.

"The way he did this family is ridiculous. Her face was disfigured. Her arms was in slings and she had cuts," Hester said.

FOX6 News spoke with Wright's father, Andrew Wright, who said everything happened so quickly.

"I was in the process of putting my clothes on and I told my wife to call the police. By the time I got my clothes on, he was running back out there again with the sledgehammer then he commenced to beating on the door. I`m not going to (expletive) with him with a sledgehammer in his hand! He bust in -- got in there right quickly. Next thing he was coming back out and said 'well Daddy I'm sorry. Me and my wife are very sorry for the family and praying for the family. All he knows is he was hearing voices and those voices were telling him certain things,'" Andrew Wright said.

Wright's father says he believes Wright suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Wright says he is upset with the incident, saying he has tried for years to get his son help for his mental issues.

"He was in and out of the mental institution. They would treat him and release him. They tried to do stuff for him, but it just didn't happen. They didn't hold him long enough. He is going to be serving time somewhere, but hopefully it's somewhere he can get some help," Andrew Wright said.

Wright's father says at times, he was even fearful of his son, and tried to keep the doors locked in the basement where his son stays.

Wright was taken to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex following his arrest.

If convicted, Wright could face up to 25 years in prison.

14 comments

  • Kitty Wuerl

    I am praying for them both, and am also praying that her unborn baby will be ok. How sad and totally uncalled for. Theron man who did this needs serious counseling and help, but he also needs to be imprisioned for a long time and should also be forced to pay for their medical bills and for pain & suffering too.

    • Diavion Turnage

      I will pray and hope for the best that everyone is okay and the unborn baby also. the 10 year old girl Daja Perry attend my school and she is nice loveing and sweet to everyone. And for him to just hit them with a slugehammer made me cry til I worn myself out. Sad right I love you Daja Perry!!!!!

  • Tania

    Why would a sword be in the house if the son was mentally unstable? The father didn’t have enough since to call the police until after the attack, if that’s not crazy I don’t know what is. Praying for everyone.

  • SharonP

    His father is a hard working man who cares dearly for his family!! I know dor a fact that he has tried on numerous times to get the necessary help that his son clearly needs. Please stop assuming and pray for the victims of this tragic assault . I also pray for the father and mother of the accused and pray that he can finally get the help he needs. It is very tragic that it took a family to be assaulted and nearly killed for the syste to finally realize how far gone Malcom is. I am very sorry for the victims and pray they can go back to a somewhat normal lifestyle. God please be with them at this time. Also please be with the family of Malcom.

  • Trenise

    I have a brother who has a mental illness. We have tried to get him help but everyone tells us the same thing. If he is not violent, then there’s nothing they can do. It’s a shame that they wait until a crazy person hurts someone in order to do something about it. It’s scary. I remember walking home from school and this random guy threaten me about following him. I never seen.him in a day of my life. He could have hurt me or worst. I feel people who have a mental illness should be forced to get help.

  • Alexis

    Praying for both children, the mother and their families. I hate that the system makes you wait until something happens before they take action. We have got to do better!!

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