A female Orange County Corrections officer was severely beaten Wednesday evening by a male inmate she was watching at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
That corrections officer has been released after being treated for serious facial injuries.
According to the Orange County Jail, Asniel Pino, 26, (pictured below) is now back behind bars. Earlier in the day, police said the inmate complained of a medical problem and was taken to ORMC for treatment. When he got into a hospital room, he attacked the corrections officer, Orlando police said.
Pino has been charged with attempted murder on a corrections officer, escape and resisting arrest with violence, among other charges. He was initially arrested on charges including aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer.
Corrections officers and Orlando Police Department officers were at the hospital most of the evening investigating the violent attack.
Orlando police said it happened in a patient room on the ninth floor around 5:20 p.m. when the corrections officer was guarding the inmate alone. Police said the inmate was partially restrained, but he used something inside the room to beat her, causing severe facial injuries.
A witness saw the attack and called for hospital security, who stopped him while he was still beating her, police said.
Corrections officials said the unnamed victim is considered a veteran corrections officer, whose job is to supervise inmates at ORMC.
Corrections officials will conduct an internal investigation to see how the incident happened, but they said "no breach in custody was believed to have occurred."
As a result of the incident, Orlando Health has made the changes for patients under legal or correctional restrictions.
- Patients will receive finger foods based on their dietary needs
- Cutlery (plastic or metal) will be discontinued
- Only Styrofoam containers will be used