NEW BEDFORD — The DA's office is considering seeking indictments against a New Bedford man, charged with cutting a family member's throat with a box cutter last month, a prosecutor said Thursday.

John J. Mello Jr., 57, is charged with armed assault with intent to commit murder and assault and battery on a family/household member in the incident that happened Sept. 9, according to records in New Bedford District Court.

"We are reviewing it for grand jury indictment," prosecutor Chris Abreu said in open court in New Bedford District Court. Judge John Stapleton continued the case to Nov. 8 in New Bedford District Court.

If a Bristol County Grand Jury returns an indictment against Mello, the case would be transferred to Fall River Superior Court, where the penalties are more severe.

The victim suffered “a large laceration to her throat area” and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. She was transported by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center, court records say.

Mello and the family member were having “a heated argument” when she threw a cellphone at him and they struggled over the phone, according to court documents. He was pulling her hair and she struck him with a ceramic pumpkin, causing an injury to the bridge of his nose.

Mello said he then took his utility knife or box cutter and caused the injury to her throat, court documents said. He told police he was trying to kill her.

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