NAPA (AP) — A Napa State Hospital psychiatric patient accused of attacking an employee has pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges.

Authorities say 24-year-old Sean Bouchie beat a rehabilitation therapist unconscious as the pair were walking outdoors in a secure area of the hospital Saturday. He entered his plea in court Tuesday.

The Napa Valley Register reports that 60-year-old George Anderson remains hospitalized with multiple fractures to his face and skull and a small cranial bleed.

The assault happened less than two months after another patient allegedly killed a psychiatric technician. Employees have complained of understaffing at the facility.

Saturday’s incident has led to tighter security, including a rule that employees may not be with a patient by themselves.

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  1. Kasey says:

    This place needs to be shut down! As someone with a family member who is a client, I can safely say it’s just as dangerous for the employee’s as it is people locked up in this facility. The changes put in place since the death of a staff member are a joke and make absolutely NO sense. When staff is alerted to a potentially dangerous situations, they do NOTHING!!!! The lack of communication within the walls is appalling and nothing ever gets done. In addition to the severe deficiencies Napa State has, many of their staff workers often act with misconduct and in many ways abuse the clients, even going so far as to falsify records stating events took place when they in fact have not. Proper care is not given in many cases. We have a saying in my family, ‘The only difference between staff and clients at Napa State Hospital is the staff gets to go home at night. There’s no trying to rationalize with them and they’re often extremely rude when you can get one of them on the phone. The hospital has even gone so far as to put my family member’s life in danger; verbally telling him he was going to die when he did not want to cooperate with the unthinkable thing they wanted him to do! Internal Affairs was called and hospital policy supposedly changed, but in the last 5 years NOTHING has changed. This has been my family’s worst nightmare and we are sick at the fact we have to go through this. I don’t wish it on my worst enemy! The place from top to bottom is completely unprofessional and corrupt, and when they day comes that we don’t have to deal with Napa State Hospital, we will NEVER look back. There’s a HUGE lid just waiting to be blown off!!!

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