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Man charged in sword attack ordered to get mental exam

January 31, 2018

This undated photo released by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department shows Anthony Whitlock, of Battle Creek, Mich. Whitlock, who police say broke into a southern Michigan apartment and attacked his ex-girlfriend with a sword, is expected to get a mental health exam. (Calhoun County Sheriff Department via AP)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A man who police say broke into a southern Michigan apartment and attacked his ex-girlfriend with a sword has been ordered to get a competency evaluation.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a judge on Tuesday approved the examination for 35-year-old Anthony Whitlock. His lawyer requested the exam, alleging Whitlock said God told him to attack the woman.

Defense lawyer James Sauber also says Whitlock is agitated and non-communicative.

Battle Creek police say the 35-year-old woman lost a thumb and two fingers when she was attacked on Jan. 12 with a 3-foot (1-meter) sword.

Police say the former couple’s 13-year-old son intervened during the attack, pushing his father away and attempting to stab him with a kitchen knife.

Whitlock is jailed on charges including assault with intent to murder.

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Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com

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