Jacksonville NC June 6 2019 A Jacksonville woman is accused of assaulting Onslow Memorial Hospital staff members.
Tanazia Danautica Whitfield, 22, Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, was arrested on May 30 by the Jacksonville Police Department and charged with two counts of felony assault with physical injury on emergency personnel and misdemeanor obstructing a health care facility.
Whitfield walked into the emergency department at OMH under self-referral and allegedly told hospital staff she was concerned for her twins, with whom she is pregnant, according to warrants. She was evaluated and no medical concern was found. Whitfield was going to be discharged, according to warrants, but allegedly told the hospital if she was discharged she would hurt herself.
According to JPD Public Affairs Coordinator Beth Purcell, Whitfield allegedly would not leave because she wanted the benefit of staying at the hospital.
Whitfield is accused of punching, scratching and placing an Allied Security Company employee into a headlock as the employee was escorting Whitfield back from her hospital room, according to warrants. She is also accused of assaulting a nurse by punching, scratching and biting the nurse on the left forearm, causing physical pain, cuts, scratches, bruising and breaks in the skin as the nurse was attempting to complete Whitfield’s discharge paperwork
According to Purcell, both the nurse and the security guard received treatment at the facility for their injuries.North Carolina Department of Public Safety records show Whitfield was convicted of misdemeanor damage to property and misdemeanor assault on an officer or state employee in 2018 in Union County.Bond was set as $10,000 and Whitfield has since bonded out, according to court documents. She will next appear in court on June 27 and will be represented by Nathan Swift.