Crossville Police were called to Cumberland Medical Center around 5 am Thursday for an assault call. Upon arrival, the officer learned a patient in the hospital had assaulted a nurse.
The nurse said that about 5 am she had gone to the patient’s (whom we’ll identify as Robert) room to administer meds. She left the room and returned later and that’s when Robert got out of the bed and put the nurse in a chokehold with his hands around her neck. The patient then rammed the nurse’s head into a wall before anyone else could get to the room. Robert is still a patient at the hospital and awaiting transfer to another facility and was not taken into custody. The nurse suffered a bruise above her right eye and was treated by the hospital staff.