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Amsterdam assault victim dies from her injuries


Amsterdam assault victim dies from her injuries

The Amsterdam woman attacked by her boyfriend last week has died and the suspect is now facing a mur
Amsterdam assault victim dies from her injuries
Michael Donyell Norwood

The Amsterdam woman attacked by her boyfriend last week has died and the suspect is now facing a murder charge, authorities said Monday.

Beth Logan, 30, died of her injuries over the weekend at Albany Medical Center, Montgomery County District Attorney Jed Conboy said.

Her boyfriend, Michael Donyell Norwood, 39, formerly of Schenectady, faces one count of second-degree murder, Conboy said.

Norwood is to be arraigned in Amsterdam City Court Wednesday. He remains in custody.

Norwood is accused of attacking Logan at her Garden Street residence in Amsterdam early on March 29 in the presence of her children and then fleeing.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Hennessy on Monday said the victim’s her four children, ages 9 to 13, were in the apartment at the time of the attack, as was another relative. None of them suffered injuries.

Norwood is not believed to have been the father of any of the children, Hennessy said.

Norwood stayed with Logan at the residence for as long as a year prior to the attack, but he has ties to Schenectady, Hennessy said.

The children are in the custody of Montgomery County Child Protective Services, Hennessy said. He did not know if they were in foster care or had been placed with family.

Police responded the morning of the attack to the area of Garden and Union streets in Amsterdam for a disturbance, police said.

They were led a Garden Street residence, where they found the woman with severe head injuries. Police also learned that Norwood had just left the apartment.

Paramedics took Logan to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, then transferred her to Albany because of the severity of her injuries. She underwent emergency surgery there, but succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

Police sought the public’s help in locating Norwood following the beating; he turned himself in to Schenectady police on Friday.

He is being held at the Schenectady County Jail on the Amsterdam charges and an unrelated Schenectady aggravated harassment charge.

Details of the Schenectady charge were unavailable Monday. Norwood previously received eight months in the Schenectady County Jail related to a March 2013 attack on a different woman in Schenectady. He was also accused of attacking that woman in the presence of children, court records show.

In the 2013 case, Norwood was accused of using a metal flashlight to hit a 26-year-old woman on the head, causing injuries that required six stitches and one staple to close.

Norwood attacked the woman while her 7- and 8-year-old children were “at her side,” according to court papers.

He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and received eight months in jail, records show.

Norwood has also been to state prison twice, records show, in a 1994 Schenectady drug case and a 1997 street robbery. He served 4.5 years in the 1997 case.

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