Police seek to arrest man accused of trying to murder his disabled daughter

Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail

MILLCREEK, Utah — A Millcreek man faces criminal charges for allegedly attempting to kill his disabled daughter and himself last week.

Michael Vetere, 73, faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult.

According to court documents, police responded to Vetere’s home on November 13 after his sister went to his home and found Vetere and the victim in their bedrooms covered in blood. Vetere’s sister told police she went to the home after Vetere did not respond to her text messages.

According to court documents, Vetere slit his wrists and those of his daughter with a box cutter.

Court documents state that Vetere has served as his daughter’s primary caretaker for all of her life.

Witness statements describe Vetere as becoming increasingly angry and frustrated over the past two weeks before the incident, as he struggled with personal health issues that influenced his ability to care for his daughter. Vetere’s sister told police Vetere had said, “I hope when it is time we both go together.”

According to documents, Vetere expressed frustration to another witness about being unable to go on a trip to Italy with his friends because he had to take care of his daughter.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Vetere’s home and found three “suicide” letters addressed to his daughter’s biological mother and aunt, along with a “Do Not Resuscitate” directive for his daughter. Detectives also found numerous prescription bottles belonging to both Vetere and his daughter court documents state.

According to court documents, a detective interviewed Vetere in the hospital after he was medically stabilized. Court documents state Vetere told the detective that after he felt he could no longer care for his daughter, and he decided to end his life.

Vetere described the incident in detail to the detective, including that he gave his daughter an excess of pills to calm her. Vetere told the detective he just wanted the two of them to lie there and sleep and “both be gone.”

Vetere’s bail is set for $500,000.