Stab first, howl later

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A wit­ness says a pa­tient who re­turned to a Pennsylvania hospi­tal and stabbed a nurse who had treated him weeks ear­lier went out­side af­ter the at­tack, walked in cir­cles and howled at the moon.

Brigid McNa­mara tes­ti­fied Tues­day at a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for 19-year-old Joshua San­tos, who is ac­cused of stab­bing Leo Ber­mudez in the neck with a 13-cm knife on June 30 at Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work-Muh­len­berg. Ber­mudez has since re­cov­ered.

San­tos’ at­tor­ney says his client is men­tally ill.

He didn’t con­test a judge’s de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day that San­tos should stand trial on at­tempted homi­cide and other charges in the stab­bing.

San­tos had ap­par­ently been up­set that Ber­mudez in­serted a catheter while treat­ing him four weeks ear­lier.

De­fence at­tor­ney Gavin Holi­han says, “This is re­ally a men­tal health is­sue.”

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