Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina continues to make headlines, following the arrest of two of its workers on Friday for allegedly beating a patient.
Health care technicians William Kenneth Johnson and Taniko Dominique Upton face charges of assault and battery of a handicapped person. Uton allegedly struck a male patient in the stomach, head, and side, as well as knocked him to the ground. Johnson is accused of holding down the patient during Upton’s assault before joining in the beating, which took place at the mental hospital.
Three other Cherry Hospital workers have recently been arrested. In March, Vincent Morton was charged with felony assault and battery of a handicapped person after he allegedly put his hands around a patient’s neck before hitting him on the head.
Richard John Percival II was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after hitting a patient’s head and body. The charge was dropped when the patient refused to testify against Percival.
Tonivia Bryant was charged with felony assault of a handicapped person after she allegedly hit a patient, who was strapped down, 11 times. The charges against her were also dropped.
Cherry Hospital has come under close scrutiny following video footage showing workers at the mental hospital ignoring a patient seated on a chair for over 22 hours. The patient, 50-year-old Steven Sabock, died soon after.
If you or your loved one was the victim of abuse at a nursing home, a mental hospital, or another care or medical facility in North Carolina, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the facility and/or the abusers. Hospitals and residential care facilities are supposed to make sure that their employees are properly trained to care for their patients or residents and that staff members will not likely harm or neglect the people placed in their care. An experienced North Carolina personal injury law firm can investigate your case for you and determine whether you have grounds to file a nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, or another kind of injury case.
Two workers accused of beating mental patient, Charlotte.com, August 23, 2008
Cherry Hospital workers accused of beating patient, WRAL.com, August 23, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Patient Bill of RIghts, DukeHealth.org