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Woman Accused of Attacking Phlebotomist at Psych Center Waives Hearing

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavelCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A woman accused of attacking a phlebotomist at a local psychiatric center waived her preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

According to court documents, the following charges against 27-year-old Kirsten M. McLaughlin, of Carbondale, Pa, were transferred to Clarion County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, June 12:

- Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
- Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

The charges were waived on Tuesday at Magisterial District Judge Duane Quinn’s office in Clarion.

McLaughlin is currently free on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, April 26, Troopers Drayer and Pettis received a call from a phlebotomist from a local hospital regarding an assault that occurred at the psychiatric center earlier that morning.

The victim reported that she was at the psychiatric center to do her morning blood draws, and while approaching the nurse’s station, she saw a patient, identified as Kirsten McLaughlin, sitting in the hallway. The victim reported that McLaughlin approached her and struck her with an open palm strike to the left side of her face, causing bruising of her right cheek and face.

The complaint notes that while interviewing the victim, Trooper Drayer observed bruising on her right cheek.

While watching the surveillance footage of the incident, Trooper Drayer observed McLaughlin approach the victim at the nurse’s station unprovoked and strike her with an open palm strike on the right side of her face, the complaint states.

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