Suspect attacked 2 NJ child welfare workers, police say

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A New Jersey man is charged with attacking two child welfare workers in Salem County.

Two New Jersey child welfare workers are recovering after being assaulted in Pennsville, Salem County.

It happened before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Penn Terrace Apartments on Meadow Road.

Police say the Department of Children and Families (DCF) workers were checking on the well-being of some children.

They say 41-year-old Alexis Plater knocked a female worker to the ground and punched her.

A male DCF employee was struck over the head with a flashlight.

Both were taken to Salem County Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

It's not clear what sparked the attack.

Police caught up with Plater, of Main Street in Woodstown, a short time later. Officers say he resisted arrest and had to be subdued.

He is charged with two count of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and resisting arrest.

He's behind bars in lieu of $25,000 bail.
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