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NJ doc accused of jabbing 13-year-old with screwdriver 100 times

The Record, August 24, 2011

An Emerson, NJ, physician is accused of stabbing her 13-year-old adopted daughter with a screwdriver at least 100 times because the girl failed to wash her dog's clothes properly, police and health officials said. Sylvia S. Lee, MD, an allergist with offices in Wayne and Old Bridge, faces felony charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her license to practice medicine was suspended at an emergency meeting of a committee of the state Board of Medical Examiners. "When a physician so dangerously demonstrates a lack of judgment and impulse control, it becomes necessary to prevent that person from practicing," Thomas R. Calcagni, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said. The alleged attack occurred in Lee's home in Emerson on July 3. Emerson police said they received a call from the girl about 1:30 p.m. after she fled to a former caretaker's house near her home, Lt. George Buono said. "The girl was visibly upset and had some bruising and redness on her face, scrapes and small puncture wounds on different parts of her body," Buono said.