HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - A 41-year-old woman could face an attempted murder charge after allegedly assaulting her group home housemate.
Lori Ann Pietila was charged Wednesday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Holland Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a "check well being report." Police were told an ongoing altercation between two female residents of a group home may have resulted in an assault.
Officers arrived at the home in the 200 block of W. 18th Street and knocked on the door for several minutes before the victim was able to answer it. She was in "extremely bad shape," police said.
Officers began treating the victim for multiple head injuries, according to a news release. She was then taken to a hospital for treatment to various injuries.
The 46-year-old victim had been beaten and choked during the period of about a half-hour, and was unconscious at various times, police said. The victim said Pietila had been "acting like a maniac" during the beating.
Pietila was not at the home but later located at a nearby park and taken into custody.
The suspect and victim have a history of not getting along, police said.
Pietila said in court Wednesday that she has some mental health issues. She pleaded guilty in 2012 to felonious assault of a police officer in Muskegon and in 2011 was charged with obstructing police, records show.
An attorney will be appointed by the court to represent Pietila. Her bond was set at $75,000.
The home where the suspect and victim were living is a ministry operated by the family of WOOD TV8 employee. It is designed to be a transitional home between women's shelters and independent living.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call police at 616.355.1100 or Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536. Online tips may be submitted at www.mosotips.com or you can email HDPS at firstname.lastname@example.org
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