Mansfield woman’s death being investigated as a homicide

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MANSFIELD, Ohio – A mother of two was found dead in the garage of her Apple Lane home in Mansfield Sunday morning.

The victim was identified as 36-year-old Amanda Preston. The Richland County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death was being investigated as a homicide.

A Richland County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed her husband, 39-year-old Herman Jared Preston, as the lone suspect. Deputies said he called 911 just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday, requesting a rescue squad.

“My wife got drunk last night, and she got mad at me, and she was like, she started attacking me. She cut me. I need a rescue squad,” Preston told the dispatcher.

He also said he took the knife and locked his wife in their garage, according to a recording of the call.

Though he repeatedly pleaded for an ambulance, he did not mention any injuries to his wife.

When asked where he was cut, Preston replied, “On my arm, but it's not bad. I didn't think she was going to actually swing it to my arm.”

Preston was in the driveway when deputies arrived and claimed the couple had been involved in a fight, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said EMS found Amanda Preston unresponsive in the garage. The Coroner’s Office pronounced her dead a short time later.

Neighbors said the family kept to themselves, and they weren’t aware of past issues or violence at the house. They said Amanda Preston had two children.

“Never any noise, never anything from over there, so it's very strange,” neighbor Kerry Thompson said.

Major Joe Masi would not comment on whether anyone was in custody in relation to the incident. He said the Sheriff’s Office will release more details Monday.

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