Homeless Woman Seriously Injured by a Parks and Recreation Employee in Minneapolis

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A Saint Paul Parks and Recreation employee in Minneapolis has attempted to remove what he thought was an abandoned tent with a grapple bucket, not realizing there was a homeless woman inside. 

Removing empty and unoccupied campsites is a common practice for the department. That tent was previously spotted near Arlington Hills Community Center. The worker began to demolish it at 2:15 p.m. on April 16th on his Bobcat vehicle without making sure if anyone was inside. 

While doing so he realized there was a person sleeping in the tent. He immediately stopped the car and rushed to their aid, calling 911. 

The 49-year-old homeless woman who was inhabiting the tent was hospitalized with serious injuries but is now in stable condition. The incident is currently being investigated.     

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