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Chism Indicted on Attack of DYS Staff Member

Philip Chism. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Philip Chism. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Philip Chism on a number of charges related to the attack on a Department of Youth Services employee last month.

Chism, 15, who allegedly killed Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer last October, reportedly followed a DYS employee into a bathroom and assaulted her.

Staff members needed to pull Chism off the DYS employee. He was described as "psychotic."

The Boston Globe reported last month that a legal filing said Chism “presented immediately with psychotic symptoms, yelling, screaming incoherently, [and] foaming at the mouth” after staff members restrained him.

In the recent attack, Chism was indicted on number of charges: attempted murder by strangulation, assault with intent to murder, kidnapping and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reported the Boston Herald.

He will be arraigned at a later date as a “youthful offender,” which means the court proceedings will be open to the public.

The Boston Herald reported that Chism’s lawyers plan to argue for dismissal of the murder case at a hearing on Aug. 12.

kathleen July 10, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Chism is not FROM DANVERS he was staying in a motel in Danvers not raised here
Chris Bleicher July 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM
See my post...he was not part of the motel program we all love to hate so much....
Chris Bleicher July 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM
That is not the case. He was not raised here, however the family lives in a house in the port, he has younger siblings that go to riverside. They are not a "motel" family

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