UPDATE: Cherry Hospital Worker Pleads Guilty

Eric Isler pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report abuse when he worked at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. That's according to the News and Observer.

Isler and two others were fired after Dean Smith of Roanoke Rapids was badly beaten at Cherry Hospital.

James Smith was acquitted of the charges against him earlier this month. The paper says the main defendant in the beating case, Billy Wynn, Junior, is scheduled for May 24th.


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  • by Bill Location: gboro on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    staff get beaten often and badly, but its seldom reported. Deputies bring patients in shackled , cuffed, and also lie and tell the patients " you are only coming to be evaluated, they will let you go home" Then the cuffs come off and staff have to try to survive. If staff try to defend themselves they wind up on tv looking bad in the media, but most often when a jury of sane people here the real deal at trial the staff is exonerated and get their job and back pay back. I have been involved in dozens of patient on patient and patient on staff assaults over 2 decadesin this business and have been hurt numerous times. Patients have had shivs, batteries in socks, pool balls, pool cues, belt buckles, etc. They kick hit spit throw aids infected blood, feces urine etc and staff does the best they can. Fat butt administrators sit in the office watch it all on tape then nit pick every thing that didnt go perfect and try to get staff in trouble. Funny they never help staff a bit
  • by Bill Location: gboro on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    The docs orders for restraints are valid for the length of time the doc specifies, usually up to 4 hours. Not 14 days. Usually just a couple of hours. The hospital tries to decrease the use of restraints. It makes the stats look good to the feds ( medicaid) but the stats r misleading. If a patient is very violent whereas used to ( in the past ) he/she would have been restrained, now they are not restrained. That sounds good, but in reality that just leaves the violent pt free to assault others and makes them feel empowered to continue hurting others ( since there are no consequences) so it's actually a bad thing to not use restraints when they are called for. The stats don't reveal the number of staff and patient injuries and the property damage and cost to taxpayers incurred from letting the violent patients wreak havoc on everyone instead of restraining them. The other patients who are not being violent are the ones who suffer.
  • by Ashley Location: Jacksonville on Mar 19, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    You have to have a doctor's order to use restraints in the hospital. The police are allowed to use it until they reach the facility. Also, the restraints are temporary and this patient is not living with them at the station. The patient has the right to be released from all restraints once in their new residence - and as I had said, there has to be a doctor's order to use restraints. These orders are not valid for very long either (14 days I believe), so be aware of this MrT
  • by DW on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    To Mr T: For police that is just one of the perks for having to put up with all of the low life scum in society day in and day out.
  • by whs Location: enc on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    Cherry was only place that got my brother on the right medications after 12 years of sufferings. (Thanks Dr Uppal) He has been stable for 15 years until he had to have chemo and came off the med's for a while. He had a relapse, went back and is now stable again. If my brother had his choice, he would live there. He prefers it over his residence now.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    Everything is not as cut and dried as it seems to someone on the outside. I know a person that works at Cherry, and they have told the story of how the police will bring in someone in handcuffs, ankle cuffs, and a belt that has the hands cuffed through a steel ring on the front of it.Then they remove all of the restraints, and the door is locked when the police leave with Cherry staff locked in the room with them.Please explain why police are allowed to use all the restraints at their disposal,yet staff at a mental facility are allowed almost nothing in the way of restraints. Staff get injured very frequently,yet if they defend themselves, it is abuse. But if a mental patient attacks a police officer, then he/she can use pepper spray, taser, baton,fists, or whatever else it takes to defend themselves.And it is allowed.IF STAFF AT A MENTAL FACILITY ARE ABUSING WHEN THEY DEFEND THEMSELVES, WHY ARENT POLICE?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    Cherry is not a very nice place. And it is easier to end up there than one might think. Here in Beaufort County, a person can go to the magistrate and tell lies, the magistrate will issue an unsigned, un noterized warrent for comminment and the sherrif will exicute it. The hospital doctor, that does not even see you will confirm, the hospital will assult you to do forced lab test that don't prove what the doctor says, that you tried to do something to yourself. Next thing you are sitting in Cherry Hospital being told things are wrong with you that are not and being force medication that you don't need. Not saying this is all the cases. You never get a hearing before a judge as required by state law, but yet are judged guilty, in unsigned court papers. This system needs checking from top to bottom. NO citizen is safe from it.
  • by jewels Location: nash county on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    May God have mercy on all of those precious souls locked up in every mental "hospital".
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