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Former Employees Arrested For Abuse Of Patient

Former Employees Arrested For Abuse Of Patient

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four former employees of the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute have been arrested after police said they beat up a male patient.

A Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the men Friday. They were identified as 49-year-old Edward Fisher from Gallatin, 33-year-old Jonathan Hambrick from Lebanon, 52-year-old Mark Williams from Nashville and 48-year-old Charles Woods from Old Hickory.

The allegations stemmed from an incident when all four men psychiatric technicians at the facility on Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.

Commissioner Douglas Varney from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the allegations in May 2013.

TBI agents determined the suspects had physically assaulted the patient, kicking him in the face and striking him multiple times in the chest.

They were each charged with assault and official oppression and booked into the Davidson County Jail on $10,000 bond.

The unidentified patient was at the facility as part of a court-ordered competency evaluation.