An Anderson woman is fighting for her life in an Indianapolis hospital while another is sitting in the Madison County jail, accused of savagely attacking her.

Banita Mitchell, 37, was taken by air ambulance to Methodist Hospital Wednesday after doctors at St. John’s Medical Center discovered a traumatic right frontal internal cranial hemorrhage, police say.

Shelia M. Jordan, 30, 5412 Arbor Drive, Anderson, faces a Class B felony charge of aggravated battery. She is being held in the jail on a $20,000 bond. Jordan is on probation for a 2001 conviction of criminal recklessness.

Harold Afzel and Amy Robarge told police that Mitchell and Jordan argued Wednesday, then Jordan attacked Mitchell, grabbing her hair, threw her to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked her in the head.

Robarge said the attack was like that of a “wild pitbull.”

Jordan told police that she knew Mitchell had problems with her head, including previous brain tumors. Police say Mitchell has a visible deformity to the right side of her head from previous brain surgery.

Jordan at first told police she never touched Mitchell, but later said she hit her in the face.

Mitchell is 5 feet tall, 90 pounds. Jordan is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 230 pounds.

Police said Jordan laughed several times about the incident during the interview.

During her initial court appearance, Jordan asked Criminal Magistrate Stephen Clase for a bond reduction.

“This is one of the most vicious attacks I’ve ever read,” Clase said. “You knew the victim had brain surgery. All of the blows were aimed at the head.”

If convicted, Jordan faces up to 20 years in prison.

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