Escaped Mental Patient's Doctor Resigned Amid Investigation
By Ben Hall
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Dr. Narcisco Gaboy was Kenneth Mallady's treating physician while Mallady was at the Middle Tennessee Mental Institute.
Dr. Gaboy testified in court that it was appropriate for Mallady to leave Middle Tennessee Mental Health and enter a halfway house.
But NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned Gaboy resigned less than a year later -- after the department opened an investigation into his care of four patients at the facility.
According to court documents, Dr. Gaboy met with Mallady six times starting in March of 2010.
He told the court that Mallady did not need to remain at the facility and that outpatient treatment was appropriate.
He made that recommendation despite also admitting that Mallady's medication could suddenly become ineffective.
Mallady, who brutally murdered his mother, was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and thought "The Russians were after him and his food was poisoned."
NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned that Dr Gaboy quit his job with the Department of Mental Health after the state opened an investigation into his care of patients.
The Medical Staff Executive Committee began a review of Gaboy's care of four patients at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.
The state put Gaboy on administrative leave with pay and promised a quick investigation.
But Gaboy quit on the same day the state was supposed to finish its investigation. His one sentence letter of resignation states that he resigns effective February 1, 2011.
The state does not release the names of patients so there is no way to know if Mallady was one of the patients at the center of Gaboy's investigation.
But at about the same time he was treating Gaboy the state was investigating his care of patients.
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