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Wife of Marine improving after hammer beating

Posted December 26, 2008 3:42 p.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2008 8:59 p.m. EST

— A friend says a pregnant woman is improving as her Marine husband faces charges of trying to kill her with a hammer.

Authorities say 24-year-old Cpl. Jonathan Gould attempted to kill 26-year-old Erin Prince-Gould, then stabbed himself multiple times to fabricate a break-in at the couple's home. Investigators have said he confessed to attacking his wife.

Chelsea O'Donnell posted Friday on a Web site devoted to Prince-Gould that doctors removed fluid from Prince-Gould's brain. She was able to move her limbs and is squeezing hands, O'Donnell wrote.

Doctors are anticipating Prince-Gould will be in the intensive care unit for another seven to 10 days or until she wakes up, O'Donnell wrote.

No information was posted about the condition of the child Prince-Gould is carrying.

The site also asks people to donate money to Prince-Gould's family, from Whitehall, Ohio, to assist with medical bills and travel expenses.