NORWICH – A week ago, on July 31 the Norwich police reported responding to a 911 call and finding a beaten and bloodied victim lying in the backyard of residence located on Henry Street.
On Thursday, Norwich Police Chief Rodney Marsh responded to inquires and also said the victim was found in critical condition.
Members of the Norwich Fire Department and ambulance rushed the victim to Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, and later they transferred her to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.
“As of yesterday, the victim was still in critical, but stable condition at Wilson Hospital,” said Marsh.
A person claiming to be a family member of the victim took to social media to demand justice in recent days. Police confirmed they were aware of the social media posts from the family. The post identified the victim as a woman.
Attempts to contact the family were not possible by press time.
Assistant Police Chief Scott Burlison said police were doing everything they could to investigate the issue and they understood the community wanting more information.
“We also want more information,” he said. “That is harder to get these days.”
“There are different worlds unfortunately. Bail reforms have made people reluctant. The principle in the case(the defendant) gets all that information now. If you are a witness to a major crime, your name and address will be out there,” said Burlison.
“People and certain elements have figure this out,” he said. Burlison also pointed out that in all likelihood under the bail reform laws, a person would now be released after such an arrest.
“What are you going to do when bad people with bad friends knock on your door?” he asked. “So people are reluctant. We keep doing what we have always done, hard police work, but there are more difficulties thrown in today.”
Chief Marsh said as part of the investigation, the NPD requested assistance from the New York State Police FIU which responded and help process the crime scene.
He added that the incident is currently under investigation and the Norwich Police Department is being assisted by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.
Anyone with information can call the Norwich Police at 334-1212.