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Husband charged with attacking wife

A man has been charged with repeatedly stabbing his 18-year-old wife with a screwdriver in front of their 8-month-old son when the estranged couple met to talk outside Pinellas Park High School.

Frank Jensen, 21, of 2937 Eighth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the Tuesday evening attack and is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

His wife, Amanda Jensen, was stabbed in the right eye, head, thigh and buttocks, according to court records. She is undergoing treatment at Bayfront Medical Center, where she was moved out of intensive care and into a regular room Friday.

"She's doing better," said her mother, Valerie Shumake of St. Petersburg. "But the doctors are worried about the possibility of infection."

Amanda Jensen still must undergo surgery on a torn eyelid. It is unknown whether she will lose vision in her injured eye. She has regained consciousness and has talked to her family and told them she remembers the attack.

Frank Jensen previously has been arrested on misdemeanor charges such as shoplifting and criminal mischief.

Frank and Amanda Jensen married in March before their second child was born. Amanda stayed alternately with her family and with his. She got a restraining order against him Dec. 11, her family said.

Despite that, the couple agreed to meet Tuesday in the parking lot of Pinellas Park High. Amanda went there with her sister and her sister's boyfriend, but her husband said he wanted to speak to her alone, court records said.

The two were sitting in the Mazda that Amanda arrived in. Their son was in a child's car seat. Frank Jensen, who has a tattoo reading "Amanda" on his left arm, repeatedly stabbed his wife until he was pulled off her, police said.

Amanda Jensen's sister and her sister's boyfriend drove her to a nearby store, where paramedics performed CPR on her.

Amanda Jensen's family said some of her blood is still in the Mazda. They can't get it out. They said they want to see Frank Jensen prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.