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Father Of Stabbing Victim Can Decide What's Next

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The father of the Whitefish man who was stabbed in the heart in November is now able to make medical decisions for his 37-year-old son.

According to authorities, Chad Newton's wife stabbed him, and until now, she was the one able to make decisions for her husband who is being kept alive by medical equipment.

Investigators say on November 25, AnnMari Newton stabbed her husband in their Whitefish home with their two kids within earshot.

He has been in Kalispell Regional Medical Center for about a month now and two doctors said in court that his condition has worsened. They say he cannot breathe on his own anymore and his brain activity is almost nothing.

Now the kids are with Child Protective Services while Chad Newton's family members fight to get custody. They are also fighting for the right to make medical decisions for Chad, a right typically reserved for a spouse.

"To my knowledge, [AnnMari] has not replied to any of our requests," said Alex Newton, Chad Newton's brother.

It came down to not having things in writing. Chad's older sister, Samantha White, testified that she had had talks with her brother about the idea of a situation like he is in now. They both agreed that they would not want to be kept alive by machines. After four witnesses were called, the court gave Billey Newton, Chad Newton's father, the right to choose what to do with his son.

"We finally came to the conclusion that there's no medical way or any way possible for Chad's recovery so we want the best for Chad and the kids," said Alex Newton.

AnnMari Newton's attorney did not ask a single question during the hearing and at the end, said that AnnMari is taking no position on the issue of custody. Doctors say the chance of a meaningful recovery for Chad is next to impossible.

Initially, AnnMari Newton denied stabbing her husband, blaming an intruder.

Neighbors have already said in court that they believe alcohol played a role in the family violence.

AnnMari is out on bail after pleading not guilty on December 19. Her next appearance in Flathead County District Court is scheduled for March 5.

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