RACINE — A Racine woman pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in court to allegedly attacking a hospital nurse last month because she wasn’t happy with the service she received there.
Heather A. Erickson, 39, is charged with battery to hospital personnel, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. The charges come in connection with the March 2 alleged attack on a nurse working overnight in the emergency room at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, at 3801 Spring St.
Erickson was being released at about 12:34 a.m. when two Racine police officers — at the hospital for an unrelated call — reportedly heard the female nurse calling for help, according to Erickson’s criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, when the officers arrived in the room where the nurse and Erickson allegedly were struggling, Erickson was lying on the floor. She reportedly was holding the woman by the neck, trying “to bring down” the nurse, the complaint stated.
One officer drew his Taser and told Erickson to “let her go,” but when Erickson didn’t, he deployed the Taser. The other officer also deployed her Taser — hitting Erickson’s abdomen — and after receiving both electrical shocks, Erickson reportedly released the nurse, the complaint stated.
The woman reportedly told police she had been Erickson’s night nurse and Erickson was being discharged. Erickson reportedly wasn’t happy with the service she received and lunged at the nurse, according to the complaint.
“I find there’s probable cause and bind her over to stand trial on the charges,” Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch said after Erickson waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Rudebusch said Erickson has received mental health treatment in the past, but Erickson said she was capable of waiving the hearing, which is where prosecutors must prove that a crime has been committed and, more likely than not, the defendant committed it.
Defense attorney Michael Barth pleaded “not guilty of all the allegations” on Erickson’s behalf during her arraignment.
Racine County prosecutors charged Erickson last month with the Class H felony and Class B misdemeanor, respectively. If convicted of those charges, she faces a maximum of three years and three months behind bars, up to three years on extended supervision and fines capped at $11,000.
Erickson is due back in court May 3.
She remains free on a $1,000 signature bond, court records show.