Woman Attacks Nurse Who Won't Let Her Smoke in Her Hospital Room

Told she can't light up at Froedtert, 27-year-old grabs victim and begins bashing her head against the wall.

A 27-year-old Milwaukee woman is facing charges that she attacked a nurse at Froedtert Hospital after the nurse told her she couldn’t smoke in her room.

Danielle P. Latham was charged Sunday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Latham was in the hospital Friday when a nurse told her she couldn’t smoke in her room. Latham began yelling profanities at the victim and then charged at her.

She grabbed the nurse violently by the hair, then began ramming her head into a wall and the nurses' counter. The victim didn’t suffer visible damage from the attack, but told officers she had soreness as she is recovering from surgery for a fused vertebra in the neck.

Latham is currently out of custody while awaiting trial.

Jim Price April 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
greensheet, purely race-baiting comments are not welcome here and will be deleted.
Deb Hardiman April 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I say let them light up, then extinguish the fire with the appropriate equipment, aka, fire extinguisher. SURPRISE!!!!!
Azetbur January 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Why is this disorderly conduct and not battery?
Jim Price January 05, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Azetbur, I wondered that myself, but I did not see the police report, which would have come from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department rather than the Wauwatosa Police. I would guess that because there were no visible injuries to the nurse that could have been photographed as evidence – and no other witnesses mentioned – the DA did not feel it was worth trying prove battery, as it would have been a "her word against hers" situation. Just the amount of disturbance caused, and in a hospital no less, would be sufficient to prosecute the lesser charge. If no one else saw the alleged violence, the nurse might have to testify in a courtroom possibly filled with supporters of the accused. I suspect she would prefer not to do that. As it is, they will probably get a guilty or no-contest plea to the lesser charge, saving everyone the cost and trouble of a trial. That might not be full justice, if the accused did in fact do what the nurse says she did, but it is probably the extent of the law everyone involved can live with.


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