Eastern State warned of dangers of cords

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Officials at Eastern State Hospital were warned about the dangers of mental patient access to cords years before one patient allegedly strangled another in November 2012.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday (http://is.gd/KL5zSK) that a wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in federal court last month by the family of victim Duane Charley.

The lawsuit cited letters sent to the Spokane County psychiatric hospital in 2006 and 2009 by the Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization. Sent after routine inspections, both letters mentioned long cords were a problem.

Charley, an Okanogan County native, was found on the floor of his room in the early morning of Nov. 20, 2012, after patient Amber Roberts told a hospital employee that she had killed someone.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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