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YORK — Authorities have dropped a simple assault charge against a Maryland man who used a dog leash to lead his wife around a fair because she has late-stage dementia.

Court documents show York County District Attorney Dave Sunday found the husband “made an ill-advised decision while attempting to provide his dying wife a trip to the fair.” A judge signed the order dismissing the charges on Tuesday.

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Walter Wolford had taken his wife to the York County Fair last September.

Police said Wolford yanked the 8-inch long red nylon leash, causing his wife’s head to jerk back and leave red marks around her throat. But Wolford, 67, of Hagerstown, Maryland, said he only gently tugged on the leash, which he uses to keep his wife from getting lost.

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