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Georges Bensimhon, doctor from South Whitehall, indicted in attack on estranged in-law in Ohio

Lehigh Co. dr. accused of trying to kill son-in-law

CLEVELAND - An anesthesiologist from Lehigh County has been indicted in Cleveland on an attempted aggravated murder charge in a pry bar attack on his daughter's estranged husband, who also is a doctor.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said a grand jury also charged Dr. Georges Bensimhon on Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.

Bensimhon, 66, of South Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., was arrested in the Sept. 4 attack on neurosurgeon Seth Alan Hoffer outside Hoffer's Cleveland Heights home.

The victim, 39, was clubbed with a pry bar but managed to fight back, pin his attacker and call for help.

Hoffer and Bensimhon's daughter are going through a nasty divorce, police said. Hoffer was on his way to Florida to pick up the 1-year-old girl he shares with her, according to court records.

Bensimhon, freed on $500,000 bond, is due back in court Sept. 25.

Bensimhon once worked at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., and Coordinated Health.

Warren Hospital did not return calls for comment, but a spokesperson for Coordinated Heath said Bensimhon has been terminated, and the company is waiting for more information from police.

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