Janesville man tried to kill woman with hammer, police say

A Janesville man is accused of attempting to kill a woman with a hammer.

Michael C. Hadley, 28, was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted first-degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon with a domestic abuse enhancer.

A criminal complaint said police were called to a home in the 400 block of Rockport Road at 12:45 p.m. Monday and found an injured woman outside with her daughter.

The woman, who is a family member, told police she went into a bedroom and found Hadley had a hammer in his hand. She said she was hit in the back of the head and Hadley told her he was going to kill her. She said he continued to hit her after she fell to the ground. She said she kicked at Hadley and was able to scoot into the hallway at which point her 2-year-old daughter came upstairs and asked if she needed help, according to the complaint.

She told police that when her daughter spoke, Hadley stopped his attack long enough to allow her to escape. The complaint says the woman was able to grab her daughter and run out of the house.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts to her head and arm. She said she believed she was struck in the head six to eight times, and said that many blows were deflected.

Police said Hadley smelled strongly of intoxicants and had dried blood on the front of his shirt. He was taken to a hospital where his blood alcohol concentration was measured at 0.43.

Hadley is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.