Psychiatric hospital worker suspended over attack in N.J.

An employee at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital has been suspended after officials said a patient attacked her roommate and blinded her.

New Jersey Human Services spokeswoman Ellen Lovejoy tells the worker faces several internal charges, including neglect of duty. The worker’s name has not been released.

Authorities say the main offense was failing to make an hourly room check at 4 a.m. on Sept. 19.

At about 3 a.m. that day, 54-year-old patient Florence Bailey allegedly assaulted her roommate, 55-year-old Gloria Gervase, punching and choking her and causing a loss of vision.

The suspect is now at the Mercer County Jail.

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