Criminal charge filed in November inmate attack on IMCC nurse

Criminal charge filed in November inmate attack on IMCC nurse

A criminal charge has now been filed against an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center for a November attack on an employee.

The incident took place a little before 10 a.m. Nov. 24 in the psychiatric ward at the Coralville prison facility. That’s when police say Mark Hatch, 30, of Davenport, walked into a medical room where a nurse was working at a desk in what they call “a very small room.”

Hatch is accused of “violently” assaulting the woman without provocation, hitting her multiple times with both fists. Police say the nurse could not get to her radio to call for help due to the severity of the attack and instead had to scream for help.

She later told police Hatch randomly ended the assault and left the room before correctional officers arrived. She was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of her injuries and released later that day.

Hatch on Tuesday was charged with Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor carrying up to two years in jail.

He has been at the IMCC since 2008, when a judge deemed him not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder of Kevin Mosier at the since-closed Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park in Davenport. This is the second time he’s been accused of attacking an IMCC employee –  he was accused of attacking a corrections officer who was doing paperwork in July 2010. A charge of Assault on a Peace Officer Causing Injury was eventually dismissed in that case.