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Woman with dementia has broken eye socket after being punched in the face

Officials say she was wearing a badge asking people to be patient with her.
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ENGLAND, UK — A British woman with dementia was punched in the face while wearing a badge that reads, "I have Alzheimer's please be patient."

The BBC reports 61-year-old Joy Watson suffered a broken eye socket after Sunday's attack in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Watson told authorities the man attacked her after she told him he was mistreating his dog. She was reportedly having breakfast at a cafe when she told him to be more gentle with the animal, but he told her to mind her own business.

Outside, BBC News says she saw the man put the dog in his car without a belt. When she spoke up, she said the man swore at her and punched her in the face.

"He left me without knowing whether I was alive or not," she told the news outlet.

According to ITV, Watson spent two days in the hospital and will need surgery.

Police said they are investigating.

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