Cedar Grove Woman Dies from Hammer Attack
Husband May Face Upgraded Charges
MCKENZIE (April 13) — Almost six months after allegedly being struck on the head with a hammer during a brutal attack by her husband at the couple’s residence at 7964 Highway 104 West in Cedar Grove, Sandra Hatten, 27, recently died at a care facility in Chattanooga.
Mrs. Chatten’s body was autopsied, but results of the autopsy might not be released for several months.
In lieu of his wife’s death occurring from what many perceive as a direct result of his alleged attack, second-degree attempted murder charges against Chatten might be upgraded at his upcoming preliminary hearing before Judge Larry Logan in Carroll County General Sessions Court on April 28.
On the night of October 20, 2016, Mr. Chatten phoned the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at 12:47 a.m. stating that he may have killed his wife.
Responding, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies found Mr. Chatten outside a travel trailer with self-inflicted lacerations to his throat.
Mrs. Chatten was located inside the travel trailer and airlifted in critical condition to a trauma hospital where emergency surgery was performed.
Transported via ambulance, Chatten’s wounds were sutured prior to his being transported to a mental health facility for evaluation.
Chatten was later released to the Carroll County Sheriff ’s Department and arraigned on attempted second degree murder charges.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson, the Chatten family had recently moved to Carroll County with their four children, ranging in age from 16 to five years.
Dickson said that the children were in a building adjacent to the travel trailer when the alleged attack occurred.
Following the incident, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services responded, and a neighbor cared for the children until out-of-state family members took custody.
The Sheriff said the family was renovating the building in a “rent to own” arrangement.