Ex-Hospital Workers Convicted In Patient Beating

Two fired workers at a state mental hospital have been convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a handicapped person after authorities said they beat a patient.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that a judge sentenced
former Cherry Hospital workers Taniko Dominique Upton and William
Kenneth Johnson on Tuesday to four weekends in jail as well as
supervised probation and community service.

Two female health care technicians who were temporary workers at
Cherry testified they saw Upton and Johnson beat a patient on Aug.
18. That occurred during the week federal investigators were at the
Goldsboro hospital looking into the death of a man who was
neglected for more than 22 hours.

Both temps also said they were pressured by Cherry employees to
keep quiet about what they had seen.


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