Dumont, NJ News

Dumont Board of Education member killed, husband to be charged

Dumont Board of Education member Debra ShanleyDUMONT, N.J. - BergenNOW.com has learned that long-time Dumont Board of Education member and community volunteer Debra Shanley, age 54, was beaten and stabbed to death in her home this evening, and her husband, town DPW worker Peter M. Shanley, is accused of the killing.

According to anonymous sources, Peter Shanley, age 58, was hospitalized with apparent self-inflicted wounds to the throat in an apparent suicide attempt. NorthJersey.com is currently reporting that Peter is currently in police custody as a suspect.

Debra Shanley lived in Dumont almost all of her life. She was first elected to the Dumont Board of Education in 1995, and had served in various capacities as Board President, Vice President, and as a member of the Negotiations and Facilities Management committees. Her involvement in the community also included volunteering with the PTO, Cub Scouts, and the Dumont Centennial Celebration.

Debra was employed as a teacher in the Bergenfield Public School System. Prior to her employment in Bergenfield, she taught at Holy Angels Academy in Demarest, according to NorthJersey.com

Residents of Garden Street, Debra and her husband Peter had two sons and a granddaughter.