Lab Worker Charged In Bitten-Boy Case
53-Year-Old Expected To Surrender To Police
POSTED: 3:33 pm EDT October 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- A hospital lab technician who allegedly admitted to police that she bit an autistic boy during a blood test was charged Tuesday with felony battery.
Anne McGlorthon, 53, claimed she bit Victor Buntin, 3, on his shoulder because he bit her as she held him while a colleague drew blood from his arm at St. Vincent Hospital on Sept. 21, police said.
McGlorthon's employer, Mid America Clinical Laboratories, fired her after Victor's parents, Faith and James Buntin, reported the incident.
McGlorthon told investigators that the boy had bitten her forearm first, and that she bit Victor on the shoulder in an attempt to get him to release his bite, according to police. She told police she had a bruise to support her claim, according to police.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said McGlorthon cannot argue self-defense as a legitimate reason for biting the boy.
"A 3-year-old can't have the requisite intent to harm you. Therefore, you can't defend yourself in that way," Brizzi told 6News' Rafael Sanchez.
McGlorthon is expected to surrender to police Tuesday or Wednesday to face the battery charge, Brizzi's office said.
Faith Buntin told 6News she saw McGlorthon put her mouth on the boy's shoulder, and that McGlorthon told her, "it was just a play bite."
Buntin said she overlooked the incident because her son was crying over the testing. Back at home, she said, she saw teeth marks on her son's left shoulder, so her husband drove him back to the hospital, where he was prescribed antibiotics.
Brizzi said he would ask a court to force McGlorthon to provide a blood sample to help medical personnel determine whether she might have transmitted a disease to Victor.
James Buntin said he is relieved that McGlorthon has been charged.
"For someone to do something as nasty as put their mouth on a baby and bite a baby and break the skin and transfer bodily fluid into this child ... that's a big concern for us. We don't want our baby to die," he said.
Mid America Clinical Laboratories is a subcontractor that does blood work for St. Vincent. A hospital spokesman said last week the hospital was "reviewing the capabilities" of Mid America's employees.
Attempts by 6News to reach McGlorthon for comment weren't successful.