A Golden Gate Estates man was arrested early Friday, accused of stabbing his wife, requiring she be airlifted to the hospital.
But she told investigators she fell and accidentally stabbed herself, according to an arrest report.
Mark Scott, 42, of the 10000 block of Heritage Bay Boulevard, was arrested by Collier County sheriff's deputies at his home around 4 a.m. He is facing a felony charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.
Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Scott's wife told an emergency dispatcher she stabbed herself in the back and stomach. When deputies arrived, they found her naked in the bathroom with lacerations to her back, upper abdomen and forehead, reports said.
She told deputies she fell and stabbed herself in the back with a hunting knife at her bedside, reports said. As she attempted to get up with the help of her husband, she fell forward, stabbed herself in the stomach, and hit her head on the night stand.
Scott recounted a largely similar story, adding that his wife asked him to research online how to stop the bleeding.
The shorts Scott was wearing when deputies arrived did not have blood on them. However, a pair of denim shorts on his side of the bed were "saturated with blood," the arrest report said.
Investigators questioned the story, stating in reports that the lacerations on the alleged victim's back "could not have been self-inflicted and did not appear to be consistent with injuries from a fall."
Scott's two young children were locked in their bedroom and told deputies they hadn't seen or heard anything. When asked why they were locked in, the children said their stepmother had told them to lock the door to "keep them safe from their father."
Because of inconsistencies in Scott's account and the location of the wounds on his wife's back, he was arrested.
His wife was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital by helicopter. However, she was not listed in the patient directory Friday. Patients or law enforcement can ask a name to be excluded from the directory, according to hospital staff.