Pennsylvania-A woman is accused of hitting a nurse in the face and attempting to contaminate medical staff with her blood.
Natasha S. Simeonoff, 21, is free on a $10,000 unsecured bond. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before Judge Marvin Shrawder of Montour County.
According to police, Simeonoff assaulted Leah Thomas, a registered nurse while in the emergency room on Aug. 12th when she became angry because she felt she had waited too long in the ER.
Thomas asked her to stop trying to pull her IV out of her arm. When Simeonoff continued to pull on the IV Thomas checked the site. Simeonoff then hit Thomas in the face.
Thomas finally succeeded in pulling the IV catheter out of her arm rushed towards Thomas and other medical staff attempting to contaminate them with her blood that was dripping from her arm. Police obtained evidence photos of the blood that was all over furniture and the floor. Another nurse walked in while the incident was taking place and witnessed the entire charade.
One of the nurses had blood on her face, mouth and arms,
Simeonoff told police that she was upset that another patient had been seen and released and she was still waiting to be seen. Police questioned Simeonoffher and asked her if she had the right to hit a nurse because she was angry, she replied “no.”
Several minutes later Simeonoff recanted her statement to police and told them she never hit anyone.
Simeonoff is charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment.