Psychiatric evaluation ordered for Beaumont Hospital attacker

Photo by Zeinab Najm John Deliz, 57 (left), stands in 19th District Court for a court date April 25 in front of Judge Mark Somers who ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Deliz.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
John Deliz, 57 (left), stands in 19th District Court for a court date April 25 in front of Judge Mark Somers who ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Deliz.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The sentencing of John Deliz, 57, who is accused of attacking a Dearborn woman in the emergency room lobby of Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn was delayed after a psychiatric evaluation was ordered.

Nineteenth District Court Judge Mark Somers ordered the evaluation April 25 after Deliz appeared in court incoherently babbling. The evaluation hearing will take place at 8:30 a.m. May 14 in front of Somers.

“Mr. Deliz’s behavior is way different than the last time I saw him in court,” Somers said. “He was able to communicate with in court but clearly something changed while he was out of custody.”
Deliz was released without bond and a required to wear a GPS tether after a competency exam found him competent to complete court proceedings on April 17.

Following his release, Deliz did not charge his GPS tether and was spotted by Dearborn residents walking around the city before he was arrested again April 25.

Somers said that because Deliz already served 67 of his 93 days for his misdemeanor charge, he may be able to be released without health services if court proceedings exceed the time period.
Deliz, 57, was initially arrested and arraigned on assault and battery charges before Somers on Feb. 12.

The attack took place on Feb. 10 when a unidentified Dearborn woman was approached from behind by Deliz and was hit three times in the head, causing her to fall to the ground.

Hospital security video caught the attack and the aftermath when Beaumont employees could be seen pulling Deliz off of the woman wearing a blue hijab near the Emergency Room desk.

The woman was in the emergency room because of a possible broken jaw she had suffered from a fall earlier that day.

Attorney Majed Moughni filed the lawsuit against the hospital in Wayne County Circuit Court claiming negligence on its part for not having Deliz detained by security until police arrived.

Moughni said Deliz was admitted to the hospital for mental health issues after he stopped taking his medication before he was discharged. He also said his client suffered bruises to her face and is terrified as a result of the the attack.

In the lawsuit, Moughni also claims ethnic intimidation, stating the woman was attacked, “for no other reason but because she was a Muslim.” The woman is seeking $25,000 in damages.

The hospital released a statement addressing the attack.

“On Feb. 10, a patient in the Beaumont, Dearborn Emergency Center became physically aggressive with another patient in the waiting room,” the statement read. “Beaumont security personnel responded immediately and took action to protect the patient and others in the emergency room. Dearborn police were contacted and Beaumont staff cooperated fully in the investigation. We take pride in our service to this diverse community and want all patients to feel welcome at Beaumont.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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