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Judge Raises Bail For N.J. Woman Accused Of Attacking Husband With Cooking Oil, Axe

Mauvette Daley Mattandeen (credit: Handout/Somerset County Prosecutor's Office)

Mauvette Daley Mattandeen (credit: Handout/Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office)

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SOMERVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A judge has raised bail to $1 million for a New Jersey woman accused of throwing hot cooking oil on her husband and chasing him with an ax.

Mauvette Mattandeen is charged with attempted murder and weapons charges. Her bail was raised after Somerset County prosecutors on Thursday said the Jamaican national is subject to a detainer by federal immigration authorities.

Mattandeen’s husband was sleeping in the couple’s home when Mattandeen allegedly sprayed him in the face with an unknown chemical substance, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano last Friday.

While the man was in the shower washing off the chemical, prosecutors said Mattandeen then doused him with a pot of cooking oil.

She then allegedly chased her husband as he ran out of the bathroom and tried to attack him with an axe, detectives said.

Mattandeen’s husband was able to get the axe from his wife before running to a neighbor for help, prosecutors said.

He’s being treated for severe burns to his head, face and torso.

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