Hospital Worker Sets Boss On Fire
( 4UMF NEWS ) Hospital Worker Sets Boss On Fire:
Frantic doctors and service members at a Fort Leavenworth hospital in Kansas tackled a crazed employee to the ground after he doused his boss with gasoline and set her ablaze.
Clifford Currie tried stabbing Katie Ann Blanchard to death during the brutal attack on Sept. 7 that left his supervisor “severely injured” at the Munson Army Health Center, FBI agents said in charging documents.
Currie, 54, faces at least one count of assault with the intent to commit murder and is expected to go before a judge Monday, the Kansas City Star reported.
The victim was identified in a GoFundMe page as a 26-year-old first lieutenant with the U.S. Army and mother of three young boys under the age of five.
Blanchard’s friend Ryan Borman said she had third and fourth degree burns to her head, neck back, arms and hands.
“We have faith in her,” Borman wrote. “If anyone can recover from this, she can, but we know she will be in the hospital or in rehab for most of the next year.”
Court documents reveal the harrowing moments when Currie confronted the victim who feared being alone with him.
Colleagues at the military hospital knew Blanchard requested a second person while speaking with Currie and when her attacker was apprehended, a witness heard Blanchard bellow, “I told you this would happen.”
The witness who first found Blanchard heard her screams echo down the hall at the military hospital’s pediatric department and found her covered in flames from the chest up, hospital employee Deanne Kilian told investigators.
Kilian recalled Blanchard’s office reeking of gasoline as she tried snuffing out the fire.
She then saw Currie ready to attack again. He had a razor blade in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other.
The two women were then knocked to the ground and Currie held his foot to Blanchard’s throat and slashed her with the scissors, documents show.
Another doctor and a service member stumbled upon the assault and wrestled Currie to the ground after hearing a fire alarm blasting throughout the medical facility.
The attack left Blanchard’s face covered in blood, a witness said, and a firefighter initially believed Blanchard suffered from a chemical burn. While being held in another room, Currie slammed that theory and shouted “It’s gasoline, you idiot.”
Currie then requested a lawyer and psychiatric help, according to documents.
Among the evidence collected at the hospital, federal agents said they found a burnt match on the floor that matched the matches in Currie’s pocket.
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