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
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
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.