Woman stabbed 5 times trying to protect daughter from man

by: Richard Thompson Updated:

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. - KIRO 7 has obtained the chilling 911 call made by a desperate woman who told dispatchers her boyfriend Alexander Althauser had become mentally unstable and fixated at getting to her 10-year-old daughter.

During the call made on Nov. 5, the woman can be heard telling dispatchers, "Oh God, he has a knife. Oh my God."   Then screams can be heard and the call is cut off.

Prosecutors say Althauser then knocked out several of the woman's teeth and stabbed her five times all because she refused to let him get past her and to her little girl.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Cailen Cecil-Wevodau told KIRO-7, "The mother used her own life to protect the life of her daughter."

The woman barricaded herself and her daughter in a bedroom and called 911 a second time just before she passed out. A dispatcher asked her what happened to the knife the man used in the attack and the woman responds, "I don't know I'm going to pass out. Oh my God."

The dispatcher asks, "Is your daughter awake? Is she OK?"

"Yes, she's fine she's just scared. I'm going to pass out," says the woman.

As a dispatcher tells her to take a deep breath you can hear her drop the phone as she passes out.

"The daughter felt that her mother had died at that time and the mother regained consciousness to find her daughter caressing her face," said prosecutor Cecil-Wevodau.

Despite her injuries, the woman was able to continue barricading the door until Lacey police arrived and took Althauser into custody.

Tuesday Althauser pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Cecil-Wevodau gives the mother a lot of credit for protecting her child.

“Definitely a courageous mom. She did what she had to do to keep her daughter alive," she said. 

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