Grandmother Dies Following Alleged Assault by Daughter

A Minnesota woman, Sheila Wobbeking, 78, tragically lost her life after an alleged assault by her own daughter. The incident occurred on June 27, when Sheila visited her daughter, Nicole Wobbeking, 49, to discuss unpaid rent. Nicole is currently in custody, facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges related to the incident, according to Maple Grove police.

The altercation took place at Nicole’s residence, a property owned by Sheila. The mother-daughter discussion escalated into violence when Nicole allegedly slapped her mother and pushed her down several stairs. The assault didn’t end there, as Nicole is also accused of hitting her mother with an unopened can of pasta sauce, targeting her ribs and hips.

Following the assault, Sheila reported experiencing rib pain and a broken ankle. Nicole was arrested two days later, on June 29. A week after her arrest, police responded to a “medical emergency” at Sheila’s Plymouth home.

Despite the efforts of the responding officers to save her life, Sheila passed away. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined that her death was a homicide, directly linked to the physical altercation on June 27. The cause of death was identified as pulmonary thromboemboli, a condition often resulting from a broken bone.

Prosecutors are now contemplating additional charges in light of Sheila’s death. The incident has left the community in shock, as Sheila was remembered as a “beautiful soul” and a caring grandmother. Her obituary described her as a woman of dry wit, unconditional love, and unwavering support for her family and friends. She was also known for her generosity, often volunteering in her community and church.

Sheila is survived by two other children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of domestic violence.