Arrest Made in Healdton Assault

08-29-06 - As a Healdton woman clings to life in an Oklahoma City hospital, the Carter County Sheriff says the person responsible may be behind bars.

Oklahoma City Police arrested Leonard Needham, 40, about 3:30 AM on Tuesday at a truck stop. Police say he was intoxicated and begging people for money. When they checked his background they noticed he was wanted for questioning in Carter County for the beating of 49-year-old Susan Emerson.

Emerson’s dad found her in her Healdton home with severe head injuries after she was apprently beaten with a kitchen utensil Monday night. The Sheriff says witnesses tell him she'd just met Needham the day before and now he's the main suspect.

Emerson underwent surgery early Tuesday morning. Officials say she's on life support. Carter County officials are headed to Oklahoma City to question Needham.