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