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Nurse at Leominster Hospital Injured After Violent Assault by Patient

January 16, 2019

LEOMINSTER -- A 25-year-old Leominster woman was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after allegedly punching a nurse and injuring another at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital’s Leominster campus last week, according to court documents.

Leila Fabre, who was a hospital patient on Jan. 10, allegedly knocked the nurse to the ground and punched her in the head and face at least 10 times after the nurse asked Fabre to stop swearing, the victim told police.

Two staff members then pulled Fabre off of the nurse, a witness told police. During the process, she allegedly punched one of them in the arm, court documents say.

Hospital security officers restrained Fabre on the floor until police arrived, according to court records.

The hospital said Wednesday that the safety and security of its care team is “of paramount importance” and that it is cooperating fully with the police investigation.

“This event, as with all events on our campuses, will be reviewed to see if there are additional measures that can be implemented to further protect and support our patients and caregivers,” the hospital said in a statement.

Police Lt. Michael Ciccolini declined to comment about why Fabre was at the hospital, citing patient health confidentiality laws.

Fabre is charged with assault and battery on a person over 60 and assault and battery on a health-care provider.

At her Jan. 10 arraignment, Judge Mark Noonan ordered her to undergo a mental evaluation from the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston to determine if Fabre is competent to stand trial, court documents say.

He set Fabre’s bail at $500 cash or $5,000 surety. She was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victims.

Her next court date is a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Jan. 28.

Fabre also has a warrant out of Lawrence District Court, according to court records.

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