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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  • by James Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Don:Is our criminal justice system that weak?? Yes Don it is. Spend some time in Dist. or Sup. Court and you will see just how Weak our Criminal Justice System is. These Judges and D.A.'s are ELECTED officials....keep that is mind the next time you vote. It's still the Good'ol Boy system in Eastern NC. Send the habitual criminals back on the street after a slap on the wrist to prey on us again and again and again!
  • by s Location: nc on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    they were wropng for sure and should have gotten more time, but you who are comparing theses pts to " old, crippled etc" that is not what they all are . Spme are black belts, marines from eastern nc, we have had pro foot ball players and eastern nc college athletes etc, and they are there for mental illness, not physical handicap. Some of there mental illnesses are 1- raping people ( women kids, men) and having a lawyer tell them to plead insanity 2- killing people and doing same. Some of their illnesses tell them to kill staff etc and some are huge physical specimens and then psychotic on top of that , and many come in high on drugs , brought in by multiple police in shackles then turned loose on the techs without the shackles while coming off the drugs. The media cant tell you about the pts due to privacy laws, but trust me you dont want them in your neighborhood. And their familes don want some of them home. Not all pts like this mind you but many
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Nov 26, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    The crime is sick and twisted enough, the Judge that sentenced them should be tried and convicted for 'a lack of good judgment'. The 3 hospital workers should be in jail for at least 10 years. How sick and twisted does one have to be to beat an old, crippled, or handicapped person who is basically helpless? What kind of horror is it when the very people who are supposed to be protecting you are your assailants? Lastly, what kind of Judge thinks that 8 days in jail spread out over a month thinks that this is justice? That judge should be removed from the bench!
  • by voter Location: nc on Nov 25, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    this court system is a joke. too many nifongs.
  • by sickened Location: Belhaven on Nov 25, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    Don you are being mighty fair. 2 years for beating someone who is handicapped, by two large men. I think a much, much longer sentence is needed. The facility was already being investigated for neglecting a patient for many many hours. Just how lieniant do we have to be to "feel good" about ourselves. As they use to say in the old TV show "sock it to em"!
  • by LD Location: NC on Nov 25, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    You have got to be kidding!!!4 weekends in jail where they will have a warm bed,and hot food..What is the world comming to???
  • by Don on Nov 25, 2008 at 05:34 PM
    WHAT?? 4 weekends in jail?? For beating a handicapped patient they were caring for?? Is our criminal justice system that weak?? They should have gotten 2 years in prison!

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