A 71-year-old New York City doctor has been arrested and charged after his wife was found apparently strangled at an Upper East Side apartment, where she is believed to have lay dead for over a day.
Police officers were called to the home on East 87th Street just after 10pm on Wednesday where they found Janet Baran, 67, unconscious in her living room with ‘abrasions’ around her neck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the medical examiner, Baran’s injuries appeared to be ‘consistent with strangulation’ and she is believed to have died a day earlier.
Her husband William Winkler was arrested at the home and has been charged with first-degree criminal contempt, the NYPD confirmed Thursday.
Dr William Winkler, 71, was arrested and charged with criminal contempt Thursday after his 67-year-old wife, Janet Baran, was found dead at her apartment on the Upper East Side
Winkler, a gastorenterologist in Manhattan, had reportedly called 911 after claiming he had not seen his wife for a couple of days, sources told The New York Post.
The doctor, however, had been legally ordered to stay away from his wife due to domestic violence incident months earlier, and was arrested at the scene for violating the order of protection.
The couple were known to police for their history of domestic abuse, including one incident in October, when Winkler was arrested for pushing Baran off their bed, the New York Daily News reported.
Baran, who sustained injuries to her wrist from the incident, was granted a protective order against Winkler, who was charged with assault and harassment.
Neighbors told the paper the Baran had been taking care of her husband who suffers from an undisclosed illness.
‘I’ve lived here five years and they’ve been here that whole time,’ the neighbor said. ‘You’d see him around with a walker but I think he was getting worse. He lost weight, he didn’t look good. He wasn’t doing well.’
The medical examiner will determine Baran’s cause of death.
The couple were reported to have a history of domestic violence. Winkler was arrested at the scene for violating his wife’s protective order against him