Four Indicted in Fatal Beating of Patient at Ohio Mental Health Facility

In a disturbing incident at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, a state-run mental health facility in Columbus, Ohio, a patient and three staff members have been indicted in connection to the beating death of another patient. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the tragic event, which occurred on July 23, 2022, has led to serious charges, including murder, felonious assault, involuntary manslaughter, and patient abuse or neglect.

The accused, a 24-year-old male patient, allegedly attacked a 57-year-old male patient, resulting in the latter’s death from blunt force injury to the head, as determined by an autopsy conducted by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. At the time of the attack, the younger patient was under evaluation by forensic psychologists at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare to assess his competency to stand trial in a separate sexual battery case, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

The victim had been residing at the facility for about a month after being found not competent in a case where he was charged with the murder of a woman in September 2021. Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare serves as a critical institution in Ohio, providing forensic psychological evaluations for individuals accused of crimes, as well as treatment for patients with severe mental health needs referred from other mental or behavioral health facilities.

John Traylor, 65, and Augustine Norris, 66, former psychiatric assistants at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare who retired last spring, along with Julie Willoughby, 40, a nurse at the facility, are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and patient abuse or neglect. The charges were unveiled following an indictment by a county grand jury, though court records have not disclosed whether the accused have retained legal representation or provided contact information for them.

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