Inmate charged after attempting to strangle nurse

(Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An inmate faces more charges after she tried to strangle a nurse in the Tippecanoe County Jail last week.

It happened last Thursday when the nurse was passing out medication.

According to prosecutors, the nurse opened 44-year-old Lisa Morehouse’s cell door. That’s when Morehouse threw a cup of water in the nurse’s face and put her in a headlock.

The nurse was able to yell for help.

Correctional officers saw Morehouse with her arm around the nurse while holding a pencil up to her neck.

The officers were able to grab the pencil and free the nurse. Morehouse continued to struggle and fight until she was restrained.

She now faces several charges, including criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, strangulation and being a habitual offender.

Prosecutors said Morehouse has pending charges, including residential entry, battery on law enforcement and trespass.

Sheriff Barry Richard said he could not comment because the incident is still under investigation.

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