Bil Browning

Indiana Lesbian 'Denied' Hospital Visitation Arrested

Filed By Bil Browning | November 20, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: attempted murder, domestic violence, hospital visitation rights, Indianapolis, Jen Clemmer, Sarah Bray

sarah-bray.jpgSarah Bray, an Indiana lesbian who claimed last week to have been denied hospital visitation rights after her partner, Jennifer Clemmer, supposedly overdosed as part of a suicide attempt, has been arrested for violently attacking her partner and then trying to cover it up. Bray's discrimination claim unraveled within hours once the hospital pointed out that she was having supervised visits with Clemmer before she contacted local LGBT activists and the media.

Police allege that Clemmer did not overdose as part of a suicide attempt. Instead, they say that Bray attacked Clemmer in their home. According to a police incident report, Clemmer was covered in bruises and scratches when she was admitted to the hospital.

In the probable cause affidavit, prosecutors allege that Bray attacked Clemmer in front of Bray's two children after a dispute over household chores. Clemmer found refuge in the bathroom after the attack and hours later Bray called 911 to claim she had found Clemmer in the bathroom floor. The last thing Clemmer remembers before waking up days later in the hospital is dragging herself into the bathroom.

Bray originally claimed that Clemmer's mother had barred her from the hospital room. Sources now suggest that the reason Bray was only allowed supervised visitation was because they feared she might attack Clemmer to prevent her from telling investigators the truth. Once she awoke, Clemmer told police that Bray had attacked her; Bray's children confirmed the story to detectives.

Neither the hospital nor Clemmer's family confirmed Bray's overdose scenario and sources say that police played along to avoid alerting Bray to the investigation. Family members and friends allege in the affidavit that Bray has a history of mentally and physically abusing Clemmer.

Bray was booked into the Marion County Jail yesterday afternoon on felony criminal confinement, felony battery, and misdemeanor battery charges. She faces two felony and one misdemeanor charge. She is being held on $11,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning. If convicted, Bray faces up to four years in jail.

(Photo of Sarah Bray via Facebook)

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