July 6 – A woman was arrested on Wednesday after a violent fight broke out between her and another woman in the lobby of Mon Health Medical Center.
As they headed into the trouble, Monongalia County sheriff’s deputies were told by emergency dispatchers that “a woman was on the phone screaming for us to take her to jail,” according to the criminal complaint. Upon arrival, deputies found two women in the east entrance to the hospital lobby.
In the complaint, Deputy John Cunningham described the scene inside the hospital as having “a large amount of blood all over the floor and chairs”.
Deputies spoke to the two women, who are married, and both reportedly said a fight had taken place and that one of the women, Markita Janese Triplett, 26, of Morgantown, was the attacker.
The victim allegedly told deputies that Triplett had said she “wanted to kill her” before the assault.
Security footage of the scuffle showed Triplett climbing onto his wife, who was seated, then strangling her, placing both hands around the victim’s neck and pushing her away, according to the complaint.
Cunningham said the victim lost consciousness shortly after Triplett began strangling him. Although his wife was unconscious, deputies reported that Triplett then began punching her in the face multiple times as she stood over her.
After the victim regained consciousness, Triplett again began strangling her, punching her in the face and “throwing her everywhere,” according to the complaint.
“The victim appeared to have multiple possible facial fractures and numerous other injuries,” Cunningham wrote. The extent of his injuries and his current condition were not disclosed Thursday. unknown.
Triplett was arrested and charged with malicious assault and strangulation. She was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Monongalia County Magistrates Court and is currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $15,000 bond.