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New York man charged with trying to help wife commit suicide

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Paul Egan

Paul Egan

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a retired college professor with trying to help his wife commit suicide by filling their Hudson Valley home with carbon monoxide fumes.

Police in Kingston tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that they went to the home of Paul and Catherine Egan on Monday after a family member expressed concern about the couple.

When the 62-year-old man opened the door, officers detected an odor. They went inside and found Egan’s 59-year-old wife overcome by carbon monoxide. She’s listed in critical condition at a Bronx hospital.

Police say Paul Egan had disconnected an exhaust pipe from a basement steam boiler and turned on a gas generator.

He was charged promoting a suicide attempt.

The former Marist College professor is due back in court Wednesday. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.