Houston, TX- 33-year-old, Gretchen Bailey, bled on a nurse intentionally according to prosecutors, in an attempt to pass her staph infection to her nurse.
She has been charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, her blood. She is facing 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Her trial is scheduled for Aug 1.
The defendant was being treated in the hospital for a staph infection when she and her spouse began arguing and tempers flared. She was receiving antibiotics via I.V for the treatment of her infection when she got out of bed and walked into the hallway, according to the court records.
Her nurse informed her that she was contagious and that her IV could come out and infect others, but she said she didn't care. According to police reports, she then ripped her IV out, ran towards the nurse and smeared her blood onto the nurse's arm.
John Cossum, Bailey's lawyer claims she was no longer infected at the time of the altercation. “She was in an upset mood based on being ignored for many hours at the hospital and decided she was going to leave based on the service she was getting,” Cossum said. “… There’s also some dispute as to what was said.”