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Psych Facility Supervisor Charged with Negligent Homicide in Death of Restrained Patient

Posted Aug 3, 2011 3:08 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A supervisor at a New York psychiatric facility has been indicted for criminally negligent homicide in the death of a restrained 27-year-old patient.

Erik Stanley, 37, said he used appropriate procedures in attempting to subdue 27-year-old Jawara Henry, an autistic patient who died Dec. 4 at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island. But authorities said medical evidence showed he used an improper chokehold while Henry was on his stomach, although he didn't intend to harm him, reports the New York Daily News.

Stanley, who was also charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in today's indictment, turned himself in and was released on his own recognizance.

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