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Details Released On Inmate Who Attacked Two Marathon County OfficersSubmitted: 04/02/2013
Details Released On Inmate Who Attacked Two Marathon County Officers
Story By Shardaa Gray

WAUSAU - Correction Officers Julie Christensen and Denny Woodward were attacked by Fredrick Morris on March 27th.

Morris was supposed to go back to his jail cell, but didn't.

"Morris immediately struck officer Christensen to the facial area with his closed fist," said Marathon County Chief Deputy, Scott Parks.

"Which rendered her incapacitated and caused Christensen to collapse unconscious to the cell block floor."

But Morris's mother thinks her son acted this way because of his conditions.

"He has bipolar and schizophrenia and he has a social disattachment," Mother of Frederick, Elnora Henderson said.

"He was diagnosed with all of these things."

Morris's mother says her son wouldn't usually do this.

"I'm trying to get the paperwork from the time he's been locked up which from February 1st until now, he's never did this ever."

One issue could be limited staffing at the jail.

Reports were released six years ago that the jail was understaffed.

The sheriff's department says they have some money to re-staff their faculty.

"If there are improvements that are needed, for safety in the jail, we'll have to reprioritize," said Marathon County Administrator, Brad Karger.

"They do less on the lower priority items. So the answer is yes, but there's not just a pot of money sitting there unallocated."

The injured officer's family doesn't want to release too much information on her condition, but we do know she's still in intensive care.

If you would like to make a donation, a benefit fund has been set up for officer Christensen at the integrity first bank.


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