A New Milford man charged with attempting to kill his wife in front of their two young sons was ordered Tuesday by a Litchfield Superior Court judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Neil Fergus, 41, of Cortland Drive, who remains in custody on a $1 million bond in New Haven, appeared briefly in court Tuesday. He did not enter a plea, but Judge James Ginocchio ruled for the evaluation prior to Mr. Fergus' next court date.

Mr. Fergus' attorney is Martin Minella of Waterbury.

The New Milford man is accused of attempted murder, first-degree assault, third-degree assault against an elderly person, two counts of risk of injury to a child, first-degree burglary, home invasion and violation of a protective order.

On Nov. 14, police were called to the home of Mr. Fergus' estranged wife, Catherine, after he allegedly stabbed her several times in front of their sons, aged 5 and 7. The couple also have an infant daughter.

The boys were inside the family car when Mr. Fergus threw open the vehicle's door and attacked his wife in the upper back and right arm, police said. She reportedly ran into the house with her estranged husband in pursuit, police said.

He gained entry to the home and allegedly threw his 71-year-old mother-in-law to the floor, police said.

Two hours before the attack, Catherine Fergus had filed a complaint against her estranged husband with the police after he made several harassing phone calls, according to police reports.

Catherine Fergus was later admitted to Danbury Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The couple is reportedly divorcing.

Catherine Fergus was granted a protective order after the couple had argued on Christmas Day 2008, according to court records.

Neil Fergus was not living in the home at the time of last month's assault, police said.

His case has been continued until Jan. 26.