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Napa Psychiatric Patient Pleads Not Guilty In Attack

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Napa State Hospital Entrance (California Department of Mental Health website)

The entrance to Napa State Hospital. (California Department of Mental Health)

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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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