A Pennsylvania mom who had just given birth is accused of smoking synthetic "bath salts" in the hospital and going on a violent rampage, assaulting a nurse and a police officer.

Carla Murphy, 31, of Altoona, was recovering in the hospital on June 17 after delivering her baby two days earlier, The Altoona Mirror reported. Police say that Murphy smoked the synthetic drug, prompting her to strip off her clothes and go wild in the bathroom.

Murphy rolled around on the shower floor, confused and unable to state her own name. Cops arrived to calm her, and found in her purse a dismantled black pen with powder inside that the mother later called "Disco" -- a street name for bath salts -- the paper reported.

As Murphy flailed about, a nurse administered the anti-psychotic drug Haldol. Murphy responded by punching a nurse in the face, the New York Daily News reported.

She reportedly remained aggressive, cursing and trying to escape the hospital room. An officer restrained her, but Murphy managed to stand up, hit and attempt to bite a cop. Police then handcuffed and arrested Murphy, who also kicked a nurse in the chest on her way out of the room.

Authorities escorted Murphy to the Blair County Prison and charged her with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, felony possession of a designer drug and harassment. A subsequent search of her home revealed more bath salts, aluminum foil, and a broken glass bottle with brown residue on it, cops told the Daily News.

Police arrested her boyfriend, Michael Stewart, on drug paraphernalia charges after a search of his home.

Bath salts, a synthetic cocaine-like substance found in smoke shops and gas stations, can lead to paranoia and hallucinations. It is legal in many states -- though not for smoking -- and is connected to a few, though not all, recent cannibalistic attacks.

Clarification: While certain synthetic chemicals found in bath salts are federally banned to possess and sell, some states -- like Indiana -- are still working to outlaw them.

Cannibalism:

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  • Charles Baker

    While on drugs, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/charles-baker-got-naked-ate-flesh-of-jeffery-blake_n_1615800.html?utm_hp_ref=cannibalism" target="_hplink">Charles Baker, 26, of Palmetto, Florida,</a> allegedly got naked, barged into his girlfriend's house, bit a chunk out of a man's arm and ate it, then powered through several cop-deployed Taser probes before getting tackled and arrested.

  • Lowpel Davis

    After trying to steal a wig from the Sassy Beauty Supply Shop in New Haven, Conn., <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/lowpel-davis-bit-arm-wig-store-owner-spat-flesh-connecticut_n_1581176.html?utm_hp_ref=cannibalism" target="_hplink">Lowpel Davis bit the store owner's arm</a> so hard she took off a piece of his flesh, which she then spat in the man's face, according to cops.

  • Carl Jacquneaux

    Carl Jacquneaux (left) allegedly bit off a chunk of his victim's face while on the synthetic drug known on the street as "bath salts."

  • Rudy Eugene

    This undated booking photo, made available by the Miami-Dade Police Department, shows Rudy Eugene, 31, who was shot and killed by Miami-Dade police after he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/new-face-eating-attack-video-miami-rudy-eugene-18-minutes_n_1555653.html" target="_hplink">refused to stop eating another man's face in Miami</a> on May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Dept.)

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta

    This undated photo, provided by the City of Montreal Police Service's media relations, shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/luka-rocco-magnotta-jun-lin-killed-dismembered-by-porn-actor_n_1562423.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">suspected of homicide</a>. Montreal police said on May 30, 2012, that they had identified Magnotta as a suspect in a gruesome crime involving severed body parts discovered in packages mailed to Ottawa, Ontario, and in a garbage heap in Montreal.

  • Alexander Kinyua

    Alexander Kinyua, a 21-year-old Morgan State University student, allegedly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/alexander-kinyua-kujoe-agyei-kodie-ate-brain-heart-roommate-maryland_n_1560149.html?ref=zombie-apocalypse" target="_hplink">admitted to killing his roommate</a>, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, and then eating his heart and portions of his brain. Kinyua has been charged with first-degree murder.

  • Mao Sugiyama

    It's not necessarily a crime to eat human flesh. Mao Sugiyama, a self-described "asexual" from Tokyo, had surgery to remove his genitals and then <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/asexual-mao-sugiyama-cooks-serves-own-genitals_n_1543307.html" target="_hplink">cooked and served them</a> to five lucky dinner guests at a swanky banquet in Japan.

  • Man Accused Of Eating Wife's Lips

    A former employee of a Swedish medical university is accused of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/man-eats-wifes-lips-karolinska-institutet-sweden_n_1562776.html?ref=zombie-apocalypse" target="_hplink">cutting off his wife's lips and eating them</a>. The unnamed man allegedly flew into a rage after he became suspicious that his much younger wife was having an affair. A source said the man ate the lips because "he didn't want the lips to be able to be sewn back on."

  • Jaime Vigil

    Vigil is accused of murdering an unidentified person and <a href="http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/murder-suspect-ate-part-of-mans-face" target="_hplink">eating part of their face.</a> He was arrested in November, 2012 and charged with an open count of murder.