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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County sheriff’s office says an inmate accused of killing a pregnant woman and trying to steal her unborn baby has assaulted a prison guard.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says 33-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez was involved in an altercation Monday night.

McLaughlin on Tuesday said the officer was conducting security rounds about 10 p.m. when Morales-Rodriguez grabbed the officer’s radio and threw it out of reach. That sparked a seven-minute struggle that McLaughlin says ended after the officer used “several focused strikes” and shoved Morales-Rodriguez into a cell.

McLaughlin says the inmate said, “I just want to go home.” The guard sustained minor scrapes.

A message left with the Morales-Rodriguez’s attorney Tuesday was not immediately returned. Her attorney has entered insanity pleas on her behalf to two homicide charges.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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