Police: Woman charged after assault incident

Lewistown Skills resident arraigned

LEWISTOWN — A resident at Lewistown Skills was charged Tuesday after assaulting a care worker, according to court documents.

Documents state that Rebecca M. Palmer, 25, struck one of her DCWs on Monday, while the two were doing the dishes. Police reported this was the ninth known assault by Palmer on a Skills staff member and that a previous incident rendered one DCW unable to return to work “for an extended period of time.” When police interviewed Palmer, she had packed several bags, believing she would be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Documents state that Palmer admitted to police that she struck the DCW and reportedly said she assaulted the individual because the DCW was doing the dishes. Palmer reportedly acknowledged the assault was wrong and showed no emotional reaction to police advising her that the situation was serious and she was being taken to jail.

Palmer also reportedly refused to take her medication prior to and after the incident, according to court documents.

Palmer was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jack Miller and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $30,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.