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Torrance resident charged with assaulting roommate

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 4:06 a.m.

Police say a resident at Torrance State Hospital tried to smother her roommate to death with a pillow.

Jenny Lynn Harvey, 28, is charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

In a criminal complaint, Trooper Lori Bernard stated that Harvey and the victim, Laverne Davis, no age available, are both patients at Torrance, where they shared a room.

The alleged attack occurred at 9:55 p.m. July 11 in the Greizman Building of the facility in Derry Township.

A witness claimed to observe Harvey pick up a pillow and walk over to Davis' bed while Davis was sleeping, Bernard stated. Harvey allegedly put the pillow over the woman's face and pushed down, attempting to smother her.

"Harvey said, 'I'm sorry, Laverne ... Die, bitch, die!'" police alleged in the complaint. "Harvey only ceased these actions when pulled from Davis by staff members."

A warrant was issued July 16 by District Justice Mark Bilik of Derry Township, but Harvey remains at the facility. She has not yet been arraigned, and no preliminary hearing date has been set.

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