Napa State patients charged with attempted
Female inmates accused of March
attack against staffer
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
By MARSHA DORGAN
Register Staff Writer
Two Napa State Hospital patients are accused of attempting to kill a
hospital staffer, and one has already pleaded no contest to a lesser
count of assault.
Precious Lashounda Boddie,
25, and Shaniqua Anderson, 19, are accused of
attacking a female hospital staffer at the state hospital on March 13.
According to the police report, witnesses said Boddie
punched and kicked the unidentified victim in the face, causing extensive
bruising. The report also stated Boddie choked
the victim until she was blue in the face.
Boddie was yelling, "I'm going to kill
you," according to the report, and she told staff members and
hospital police she was going to kill the victim. Witnesses also told
police that Anderson
prevented staff members from breaking up the fight between Boddie and the victim.
Boddie is facing a minimum sentence of two
years in state prison and a maximum of four years, according to court
documents. In addition to the attempted murder and assault charges, the
women were also charged with threats to commit a crime resulting in death
or bodily injury.
Boddie entered her no contest plea Thursday
when the women appeared in court.
The judge ordered Anderson
to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is mentally
capable to participate in her defense. The court will review the
evaluation June 29. If she is found to be incompetent, she could be sent
to a state mental hospital.
The women are currently housed at the county jail.
The county filed a motion with the court, which was denied, to have the
pair returned to the state hospital because they posed a threat to
themselves and correctional officers. The motion stated the women should
be at the hospital because it has the facilities to manage the long-term
needs of their psychiatric conditions.
The women were brought to the county jail on May 25.
While at the jail, Anderson
claimed she swallowed two glass lenses and the batteries from a TV remote
control, according to court documents. She also broke off the pouring
spout of a water canister and swallowed it, according to the documents.
While Boddie was in the county jail, she cut
her wrists with a razor blade and pushed a staple in the wound, according
to the reports. While she was in a safety cell, Boddie
tore off her safety smock and ripped it into pieces and stuffed the
material into her ears. Boddie also pushed wads
of paper in her ears, as well as a pencil lead, which had to be
Boddie is set to be sentenced on July 6.