Woman arrested after emergency room attack

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A woman faces future court appearances after attacking an emergency room worker, security guard and Princeton police officer.

Melissa Compton
Photo/Princeton Police

Melissa Compton, 52, of Princeton, was arrested Saturday at Princeton Community Hospital.

According to Princeton police, Compton was at the hospital with her mother and became upset about the hospital’s visitation policy. She also wasn’t wearing a mask.

Compton was asked to leave and allegedly became irate. She’s charged with attacking a hospital staff member. The staff member was left bleeding, police said. Investigators said Compton then bit a finger of a hospital security guard who was trying to restrain her. Compton later allegedly bit a Princeton police officer in the shoulder.

She’s charged with malicious wounding, battery, battery on a police officer, and battery on a healthcare worker.

Compton is currently free on bond and awaiting a preliminary hearing.

MetroNews asked PCH President and CEO Karen Bowling about the incident Monday but she declined comment.

Emergency rooms have been crowded across the state with an steady increase in Omicron variant COVID-19 cases. Bowling has reported her hospital being at or near capacity.

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