Pennsylvania man allegedly kills pregnant wife with sword, waits with toddler son for police

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YORK COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man is accused of killing his pregnant wife with a sword Friday before calling 911 to report the crime, according to police.

A Pennsylvania man is accused of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn child, then calling 911 to report the crime. (Courtesy: WPMT)

Northern York County Regional Police responded just after 4 p.m. in Jackson Township for a call about a domestic incident involving an edged weapon, according to WPMT-TV.

Police said 35-year-old John Ziegler III called 911 and told the operator that he had struck his 25-year-old wife with a sword, killing her.  Zeigler said he was waiting with his 2-year-old son for police to arrive.

Zeigler surrendered peacefully as soon as officers arrived. Police said they found the body of Zeigler’s wife on the rear deck of the home.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, as was her unborn child. A scimitar-style sword was recovered near the body.

The toddler was uninjured and released into the custody of York County Children, Youth, and Families.

Ziegler was transported to be arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child.