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Joseph Wuerz, a mental health unit patient in Florida, was arrested after allegedly attacking a pregnant nurse in the ward — causing her unborn baby’s death, a report said.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Wuerz is accused of shoving the woman into the wall and kicking her as she was giving medicine to another patient at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital on Saturday.
He is 53 years old.
Joseph Wuerz Attack on Pregnant Nurse
The unidentified nurse, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was administrating medication to a female patient in the behavioral health unit at South Seminole Hospital in Orlando when she was attacked by fellow patient Joseph Wuerz, police said.
Wuerz entered the room, shoved the pregnant nurse up against a wall, and tried to kick her before hospital security pulled him off of her, according to the Longwood Police Department.
Although none of the kicks landed, the nurse told police she was ‘terrified and shocked and unsure about injury … to the unborn child,’ the Washington Post reported.
Following the attack, she went for a checkup at another hospital, where doctors found no heartbeat and told the nurse her baby had died, according to the arrest report.
Wuerz was charged with manslaughter and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. He was jailed without bond.
The nurse went to Winnie Palmer Hospital and learned that her unborn baby had died.
The woman told police that she “believes the stress she was under during the attack may have caused her unborn child’s death,” according to the affidavit.
The nurse, who told police her baby was healthy before the attack, said she believes the stress of the attack caused her to lose her unborn child.
Wuerz was not one of the nurse’s patients and did not say anything to her during the vicious attack; she told police.
Police say on Sunday, two nurses, including one who was pregnant, were attacked in the mental health area of a Scranton, Pennsylvania hospital by 19-year-old Elizabeth Young.
Young punched and kneed the visibly pregnant nurse in her stomach before escaping, PAhomepage.com reported.
Young was taken to her room but escaped and then attacked a male nurse before security could restrain her.