DRUMS, Pa. -- On Saturday, March 4th, at approximately 10:30 AM, Butler Township Police initiated an investigation after being notified by staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton of an assault victim arriving at their facility via ambulance that morning.
44-year-old, Jennifer Nicole of Drums, arrived at the Hospital and initial treatment indicated that she had a fractured femur and that she was in critical condition.
The next day, Niccoll died while at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest.
After an initial investigation, 58-year-old, Barry Thomas, of Drums, has been taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Simple Assault and Harassment.
Thomas has been lodged at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
The investigation into her death is ongoing and the Butler Township Police are being assisted by the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Service Unit and the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.