New mother ‘smoked bath salts in maternity ward two days after giving birth… then punched and kicked staff and rolled around naked on hospital floor’

A new mother has been charged with smoking  the powerful synthetic stimulant known as bath salts two days after she gave  birth, while still in the maternity ward of a central Pennsylvania hospital, and  violently attacking staff.

Carla Murphy, of Altoona, is charged with  aggravated assault and various drug counts for allegedly stripping naked and  fighting with staff at the Altoona Regional Hospital on June 17.

Hospital police had to be called to subdue  the 31-year-old after she stripped, rolled around on the shower floor, and was  unable to answer questions from staff, according to the Altoona  Mirror.

Pictured: Carla Murphy, of Altoona, posted this picture to Facebook with the caption, 'Tyler Michael 6/15/12 5lbs 3oz'. The incident at Altoona Regional Hospital took place two days later

Pictured: Carla Murphy, of Altoona, posted this picture  to Facebook with the caption, ‘Tyler Michael 6/15/12 5lbs 3oz’. The incident at  Altoona Regional Hospital took place two days later

Nurses initially became concerned after the  woman started swearing and acting aggressively, according to court  records.

They noted that she appeared to be on drugs  that were not administered by hospital staff and made the decision to keep her  at the ward because she was ‘not of sound mind or able to make her own  decisions.’

But when staff attempted to escort Murphy  into her room, she ran into the bathroom and rolled around naked on the shower  floor, seemingly unaware of her whereabouts.

Police searched the mother’s bag after she  gave them permission and found evidence of drug use, including white powder  Murphy described as ‘Disco’, which is a brand of bath salts.

Charged: Michael W. Stewart, Murphy's live-in boyfriend, pictured with the newborn, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

Charged: Michael W. Stewart, Murphy’s live-in boyfriend,  pictured with the newborn, has been charged with possession of drug  paraphernalia

Location: Carla Murphy, of Altoona, is charged with aggravated assault and various drug counts for allegedly stripping naked and fighting with staff at the Altoona Regional Hospital, pictured, on June 17

Location: Carla Murphy, of Altoona, is charged with  aggravated assault and various drug counts for allegedly stripping naked and  fighting with staff at the Altoona Regional Hospital, pictured, on June 17

Doctors were forced to give her the  anti-psychotic drug Haldol, at which point she became more violent and  attempted to run away.

When officials tried to get Murphy to return  to her room, she proceeded to punch a nurse, kicked another in the chest and  attempted to bite an officer, with the struggle  spilling into the hospital’s  hallway.

Police later found the drugs in Murphy’s  personal belongings and at her home.

Online court records do not list an attorney  for Murphy who faces a preliminary  hearing on August 8.

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