Man accused of hitting woman repeatedly with hammer - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man accused of hitting woman repeatedly with hammer

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The following photo of Richard Campbell was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of Richard Campbell was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
The following photo of Richard Campbell was provided by the New Britain Police Department. The following photo of Richard Campbell was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A woman is recovering Monday after police she was hit several times in the head with a hammer.

Officers were called to Marwood Drive around 11 a.m. where they found an unidentified woman bleeding from her head and "screaming for help."

During their investigation, police determined that a mother was first hit in the head by 43-year-old Richard Campbell, of New Britain, while sleeping in her bed with her 6-year-old child.

Police said Campbell continued to hit the woman as she ran from the home.

The woman was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain with a "serious head injury." The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

It is unknown if the child was injured in the attack.

Campbell, who has been previously arrested for carrying illegal weapon, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault.

The hammer was found and seized by police.

Campbell, who was previously convicted of third-degree larceny, is being held on $900,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Tuesday.

"I am surprised to hear it and that's terrible," Micheal Owens of New Britain.

Neighbors reacted to the news of the arrest.

"We have new construction going on around here we don't need that negativity," said Kevin Evans of New Britain.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3131.

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