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Woman charged with fatally beating husband with bat

Alice Tatum-Price / phofrom Chicago Police

Alice Tatum-Price / photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: June 29, 2012 5:31PM

A West Side woman was ordered held on $1 million bond Friday after being charged with beating her husband to death with a baseball bat last month in their Austin neighborhood home.

Alice Tatum-Price, 51, and her husband — 51-year-old James Tatum — were drinking alcohol and arguing in their home in the 5400 block of West Cortez Street when she called police at 10:41 p.m. on May 12 because she “wanted to get away from her husband,” according to prosecutors.

Tatum was angry at his wife and chased her around the house, then sat down on the couch, court documents said. At that point, Tatum-Price picked up a baseball bat and swung it at her unarmed husband, hitting him in the head twice.

She called an ambulance and paramedics took her husband to a hospital in critical condition, according to court documents. He was pronounced dead at 12:59 a.m. on June 21 at RML Specialty Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

An autopsy determined he died from cranial cerebral injuries from blunt head trauma, and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Tatum-Price was initially charged with attempted murder and was ordered held on $200,000 bond on May 14, according to court documents. The charges were upgraded after his death and bond was raised to $1 million Friday.

She has prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and driving a vehicle without consent in Wisconsin, and a misdemeanor conviction for trespassing in Tennessee.

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