Hos­pi­tal of hor­ror in probe

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

At Con­necti­cut’s only max­i­mum-se­cu­rity psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal, staff mem­bers put a di­a­per on a pa­tient’s head, threw food at him, poured water over him, put salt in his cof­fee, kicked him and placed a mop on his head af­ter clean­ing a floor, ac­cord­ing to a state report.

Thirty-one staff mem­bers at the Whit­ing Foren­sic Di­vi­sion hos­pi­tal in Middletown have been sus­pended, and nine have been ar­rested.

More ar­rests are ex­pected, po­lice say, and calls are pour­ing in with more al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct and abuse, ac­cord­ing to a state law­maker who is call­ing for leg­isla­tive hear­ings.

“It’s like some­thing out of a Stephen King novel,” said Sen­a­tor Heather Somers.

Cur­rent and for­mer staff mem­bers, as well as pa­tients’ rel­a­tives, are al­leg­ing abuse of other pa­tients and staff wrong­do­ing, she said.

Among the staff mem­bers ar­rested was a foren­sic head nurse, Mark Cus­son, 49. Cus­son is in a “state of shock” over his ar­rest and be­lieves he will be found in­no­cent, said his lawyer, Brian Woolf.

Mark Cus­son

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