By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A Butte woman is charged with deliberate homicide for stabbing a man in the neck with a kitchen knife, Butte-Silver Bow prosecutors said.

Susan Marie Criss, 23, made an initial court appearance Tuesday before Justice of the Peace Jimm Kilmer where her bail was set at $100,000.

The victim was Mark William Woodger, Coroner Lori Durkin told The Montana Standard on Wednesday.

Officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 4 a.m. Monday and found Woodger, 49, critically injured. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Criss was treated for minor injuries before being jailed. Police in Butte initially reported the stabbing was the result of a domestic incident.

A birth notice released by St. James Healthcare said Criss gave birth to a boy on Jan. 15, the newspaper reports. Police said the infant was at the apartment at the time of the stabbing along with Criss’ mother.

Criss was appointed a public defender, Kilmer said Wednesday. Officials with the public defender’s office in Butte had no comment on the case.

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