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A-salt and battery! Bath-salt-smoking Pa. mom goes wild in maternity ward

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  1. Phungushead
    Carla Murphy, of Altoona, stripped naked, kicked and punched nurses and police and tried to bite a cop who was restraining her, while staff attempted to put her clothes back on.

    IMAGE: Carla Murphy, charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment as well as several drug counts including felony possession of a designer drug after an incident at Altoona Regional Medical Center last month, records show.

    A Pennsylvania woman, who smoked bath salts in a maternity ward two days after giving birth last month, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting hospital staff and police.

    Carla Murphy, of Altoona, stripped naked, kicked and punched nurses and police and tried to bite a cop who was restraining her, while staff attempted to put her clothes back on, according to the Altoona Mirror.

    Murphy, 31, was found by a nurse rolling around a shower floor naked and confused, authorities said. She was unable to answer basic questions and allegedly attacked nurses trying to help her, causing them to call hospital police.

    Cops found a pen that was taken apart and covered with what they said looked like residue from smoking drugs, according to the newspaper. They also found a silver disc containing a white powder Murphy identified as Disco — a street name for bath salts.

    Giving Murphy an anti-psychotic drug made no difference. She became very aggressive with police and nurses, flailing her arms, screaming, cursing and trying to escape the room. Her mad dash resulted in a fist fight with cops that spilled out into the hallway, the Mirror reported.

    According to records obtained by the Daily News, after the officers restrained Murphy and brought her into the room, she stood up on her bed, punched a nurse, and hit, kicked and tried to bite a cop. She was immediately handcuffed and arrested.

    Murphy then kicked another nurse in the chest, who was trying to put her clothes on, causing cops to hold her down until the anti-psychotic drug caused her to fall asleep, according to the newspaper.

    Murphy was brought to Blair County Prison because of an outstanding warrant for her arrest and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment - and several drug counts including felony possession of a designer drug, the affidavit said.

    Police searching Murphy's home later in the day found even more drug paraphernalia including needles, aluminum foil, bath salts containers and a broken glass bottle with brown residue on it, the newspaper reported.

    Michael Stewart, Murphy's boyfriend, who was at the home while it was being searched, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, reported the paper.

    Murphy was released from prison two days ago. Her and Stewart are due in court August 8.

    Altoona Regional Health System spokesman Dave Cuzzolina declined to comment on the matter, citing an ongoing police investigation.


    Thursday, July 5, 2012, 3:51 PM

    Ryan Gorman
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...-possession-article-1.1108532#commentpostform

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  1. hookedonhelping
    I really am curious who in the world was the first person to say "Hey! Lets market this as bathsalts and annoy the world with the name years later!"

    Is disco, mephedrone, MDPV, or any number of research chemicals? The lack of scientific terminology in these reports can be frustrating.. does anyone know what Disco is comprised of? Of course not. Guess it's bathsalts.. the default term of the century.
  2. profesor
    Maybe that question was rhetorical, but it was the media that picked up on that particular label, when actually these products are also marketed as plant food, glass cleaner, multipurpose solution, even pond scum remover! The media sticks with the bath salts label. It is interesting how consistent they are about this.

    I'm more curious about "felony possession of a designer drug" - Did they make that charge after testing the substance in question? Mephedrone or MDVP are the only stimulant powders put on "emergency" federal drug scheduling, but maybe the charges are under additional banned substances by NY state?

    The fact that this woman would smoke any psychoactive substance in the maternity ward shows incredibly bad judgement. I would guess that she has a lot of problems in addition to a "bath salt" habit.
  3. stryder09
    1. MDPV, Mephedrone and Methylone are currently emergency schedule 1 by the US DEA.
    2. This would not be a case the Feds would handle. It is a state/local issue.
    3. I sure hope they have tested the product.
    4. Good points about the different names. The media has ran with the bath salts moniker.
  4. Rob Cypher
    She must've gotten the bath salts from West Virginia or Ohio...it's damn near impossible to find them in PA; the vast majority of "head shops" in that state refused to stock them (and this was before the media scare).
  5. The Cats Dream
    "Her and Stewart are due in court August 8."


    Glad to see they used the correct local grammar for my native Pennsylvania...
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