2 caretakers charged in connection to patient injury at Virginia behavioral center

Two employees at Leesburg, Va.-based North Spring Behavioral Healthcare were charged in connection to injuries sustained by a 16-year-old female patient at the facility June 11, reports The Loudoun Tribune.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office and Department of Family Services conducted a joint investigation in conjunction with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney after DFS became aware of an alleged injury to a juvenile at the facility.

The investigation found the patient suffered an injury to her spine due to an improper restraint North Spring employee Stephen Holmes, 53, performed on her June 11.

Police charged Mr. Holmes with malicious wounding, along with cruelty and injuries to a child. A nurse at the facility, 45-year-old Kara Mueller, RN, was also charged with cruelty and injuries to a child. Investigators said Ms. Mueller failed to intervene when witnessing the improper restraint.

Mr. Holmes is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, while Ms. Mueller was released on an unsecured bond.

In February, police charged two different North Spring workers in connection to the death of a 15-year-old patient at the behavioral health center who died after a mental health technician physically restrained him in November 2017.

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