The 48 Hours episode “Don’t Scream” investigates the attempted aggravated murder of Tiffany Mead of Davis County, Utah.
Utah Women in Law Enforcement Member, Captain Jen Daley along with fellow officers, detectives, corrections officers, paramedics and dispatchers at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, work the case restlessly as they uncover the truth about what really happened that night. When the truth was finally out, they had to work even harder to ensure that Tiffany would stay safe from Ertmann forever.
The episode starts out on July 23, 2013, when Tiffany Mead went to meet her estranged husband Kristopher Ertmann. Thinking that she was going to retrieve a child support check. While at her car, with her baby son Noah in the backseat, Ertmann slit Mead’s throat. He watched her bleed out as he held her against her will. Ertmann eventually let Mead call 911, but only if she told the operator that she did it to herself as an attempted suicide. She arrived to the hospital in critical condition. One of the doctors on duty that night tells 48 Hours, “There’s no way she could have done that to herself, and not that deep.” Mead survived and Ertmann was arrested.
Mead says she met Ertmann online and they got married in 2009. Shortly after that Ertmann, a member of the Army Reserves, was deployed to Iraq. “Once he got to Iraq, that’s when things started to change. He wasn’t the same person I married,” she said.
While in jail, Ertmann continued on his quest to kill his Ex-Wife. He even tried to pay a hit man to kill Mead for $5000. The solicitation was done through a visit. Ertmann told the hit man (who was an undercover police officer) to “have fun.” At his sentencing hearing, Ertmann told the Judge, “I was on those pills and they take away your emotions… If I was in my right mind, I wouldn’t have done those things.”
The Utah Women in Law Enforcement is proud to call Captain Daley one of our own. Jen’s training, experience, compassion and hard work helped save the life and future of this young mother.
Click on the following link to see video from 48 Hours highlighting the work of a UWLE member: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tiffany-mead-kris-ertmann-brutal-throat-slashing-of-utah-mom-takes-investigation-on-an-unexpected-path/
Watch the entire episode at https://www.cbsnews.com/video/dont-scream/
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