Psychiatric worker sues over attack while pregnant

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A mental health worker at a Maine psychiatric center says the state failed to protect her when she was repeatedly stabbed in the hand and face by a patient while she was pregnant.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports Jamie Hill-Spotswood filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Hill-Spotswood says in the lawsuit that she told Riverview Psychiatric Center's director of nursing a few days before the attack that she felt unsafe because of a lack of security at the Augusta facility.

Hill-Spotswood was treated at MaineGeneral Medical Center for injuries to her arms, face and hands and had to have surgery to remove the tip of a pen from her hand after the attack last year. The lawsuit does not say if the attack affected her pregnancy.

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