Daytona library closed after attack on employee

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Burman P. Bedford, 55, has been charged with attacking an employee at the Daytona Beach Regional Library on Tuesday. He is accused of attacking a 63-year-old woman with a pair of scissors.

Burman P. Bedford

According to Daytona Beach police, the woman received numerous lacerations to her face and arms and was bleeding from one of her eyes. She was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment. Her injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening.

The library, at 105 East Magnolia Ave., will be closed until Monday.

County officials visited the employee at the hospital and reported that she was doing well under the circumstances.

“She was in good spirits given what she has been through,” said Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald. “We’re thankful that she’s in the very capable hands of the medical staff at Halifax and we know that she’s getting the very best of care.”

In a statement, he also called it an “unbelievably senseless and brutal act. Our immediate concern is for the welfare of our employees – the victim herself as well as our other employees who were understandably shaken up by the incident.”

County staff members met with library employees after the attack to tend to their emotional needs.

Library workers said the attack happened in the counter area of the children’s section.

The police have not reported a motive for the attack.

Bedford was charged with a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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