Philip Chism was indicted in November on murder, aggravated rape, and armed robbery charges in the death of his math teacher, Colleen Ritzer. The 15-year-old was placed in the custody of the Department of Youth Services and housed at a DYS facility in Boston.
Chism is accused of attacking a female worker at that facility on June 3. In court documents, prosecutors claim Chism took steps to "elude staff assigned to him." He then reportedly walked out of a room, followed a counselor into a locker room and attacked her. "It is alleged that the defendant was able to choke and beat her about the head and face before staff intervened and restrained him," reads the documents.
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Chism was transported to Boston Medical Center before he was transferred to Worcester State Hospital.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office requested the court recommend strict security precautions wherever Chism may be housed. This includes ensuring the teen isn't allowed to access any area of the grounds that is not secured and locked, not allowed to leave the hospital for any purpose without a court order or notice to the Essex Sheriff's Department, and not be alone with any female staff or patients. They also ask that Chism not be placed in a location where he could gain access to female staff.
The district attorney's office also expressed their concerns over level of supervision at Worcester State Hospital, citing two cases in which defendants were allowed to leave the hospital without their office being notified.
"Based on the above, the Commonwealth has serious concerns regarding the safety of staff, patients and the public while the defendant is housed at Worcester State Hospital," reads the document.
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