A social service worker is recovering after police said a part of her nose was bitten off by her patient from a South Windsor group home on Monday morning.
Jennifer Mounds was driving 33-year-old Aaron Goodwin Olmsted to his medical appointment in Vernon around 9:15 a.m. That’s when police said Mounds missed a turn and Olmsted bite off “significant portion of her nose. He then spit it onto the asphalt, police added.
Olmsted, who police said has a history of psychiatric conditions, fled on foot.
"Aaron has a history of biting individuals on the face or the cheek the staff must be vigilant at all times. This is a known condition of his medical condition," Olmsted's lawyer said.
Mounds immediately called 911 and officers searched the area with help from South Windsor Police Department and state police K9 unit until Olmsted was located on Avery Street in South Windsor around 9:50 a.m.
Mounds was rushed to Hartford Hospital with “serious injuries,” police said. She remains in the hospital awaiting surgery, but the left side of her nose cannot be reattached.
Olmsted was charged with first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arraigned at Rockville Superior Court on Monday afternoon.
Olmsted's attorney said in court that the attack is horrible, but not a crime because his client suffers from a host of medical conditions including intermittent explosive disorder, fragile x, and impulse control disorder.
"It was not a criminal attack. It was not a personal attack on an individual that he perceived to be wrong," the attorney said.
Olmsted is being held on $100,000 bond. His attorney said Olmsted clearly needs to go somewhere he can be supervised safely.
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