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Vermont DOC Reports Assault on Healthcare Worker in Springfield

Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections today reported a critical incident at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield.

On Thursday morning, a nurse in the facility intake area was administering medications to Cory Munger, a newly detained individual at SSCF. Mr. Munger forcibly grabbed the nurse, wrapping his arm around her throat and holding a pen to her neck. Correctional officers immediately intervened to thwart the attempt. The nurse, a contractor under health provider Wellpath, received a medical evaluation at the Springfield Hospital following the incident.

Vermont State Police (VSP) were notified of the critical incident per Department protocol and have initiated an investigation. Vermont DOC will also conduct a review as per the Department’s critical incident policy. The DOC Peer Support team deployed onsite for both facility and Wellpath staff.

Cory Munger, 28, is held without bail at SSCF on multiple charges, including assault and robbery with a weapon, vehicle operation with reckless or gross negligence, and violating an abuse prevention order. Mr. Munger was lodged on August 22, 2023.