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Woman reported in critical condition following assault in Lodi park

A 22-year-old woman is reported in critical condition after she was allegedly attacked by a teenage girl Monday afternoon in a Lodi park.

Lodi police dispatchers received a call at 3:08 p.m. reporting an assault at Beckman Park at 1426 W. Century Blvd. When officers arrived, they found the woman with head injuries. Further investigation revealed that a 17-year-year old girl had struck the woman several times in the head with a baseball bat, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said the assault appears to have been random, as the victim and suspect had no known connection with each other. The motive for the assault remains under investigation along with circumstances, including the suspect’s mental health, police said.

The 17-year-old, who has not been identified because she is a juvenile, was booked into Peterson Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder.

A woman identifying herself as Amber Danielle commented on the Lodi Police Department’s Facebook page, saying the victim is her daughter, Jacqueline Pickett. On her Facebook page, Amber Danielle said Pickett was beaten in a local dog park and was in intensive care, fighting for her life.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy