Domestic violence led to the attack and beating of a 42-year-old woman in a nursing home parking lot late Monday night, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department news release.

The victim's injuries were so severe they appeared to be life threatening, the release says. The victim was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning, the release says.

Police were called to the Heritage House Nursing Home, 1335 Wooddale Blvd. at 11 p.m. Monday to respond to the beating of a employee.

When police officers arrived, they found the victim laying in a back hallway inside the nursing home with injuries to her head and face, the release says.

The attack took place in the back parking lot, the release says.

According to the investigation, the victim's ex-boyfriend was waiting for her in the parking lot and attacked her while she was taking a break, the release says.

The attack could result in a charge of attempted second-degree murder, the release says.

The suspect is 37-year-old Ronald Hamlin, address unknown, the release says.

Anyone with information about the incident or Hamlin is urged to call authorities at (225) 389-4869 or Crimestoppers at (225) 344-STOP.