Physician dies following attack by patient at Dallas hospital

A patient at 144-bed Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a physician he assaulted, according to The Dallas Morning News.

According to police documents, 55-year-old Tony Cason attacked Ruth Anne Mardock, MD, Thursday afternoon after Mr. Cason was told he would be transferred to another facility.

Mr. Cason tackled Dr. Mardock in the hallway outside his room. During the confrontation, which was caught on video, the physician's head hit the floor and she lost consciousness, according to the report.  

Dr. Mardock was hospitalized after the attack and died Saturday from her injuries.

Mr. Cason, who was originally charged with aggravated assault, was charged with manslaughter after Dr. Mardock's death. He is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to the report.

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