Felicia’s son was murdered at this facility and she wants everyone to know and gave us permission to post it on the website “MindFreedom”

Pattan State Hospital Death

Local News

Posted: Friday, 03 November 2006 3:06PMPatient Arrested in Beating Death at Pattan State Hospital 
San Bernardino (AP)  — A mental patient at a troubled state hospital has been arrested in the beating death of a 50-year-old man who had lived at the institution for three decades, officials said.Police arrested William M. Nall, 24, Thursday for investigation into the murder of Steven Jenkins, who was found dead in his bed at Patton State Hospital on Oct. 27, officials said.

Jenkins died of trauma to the head, caused by a fight he had gotten into the night before, police Sgt. Bill Hanley said in a news release.

Jenkins was sent to Patton, which houses severely mentally ill people referred by the criminal courts, in 1976 after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in connection with a schoolhouse arson fire in San Diego, his mother Felicia McCarty said.

Police and hospital officials declined to provide further information about Nall or the fight.

The violence comes as state mental hospitals, particularly Patton, face heightened scrutiny.

Federal prosecutors investigating civil rights violations filed a consent decree in federal court in May that called for sweeping reforms under a court-appointed monitor.

Federal investigators also released specific findings about Patton State Hospital, stressing among other problems high rates of patient-on-patient violence.

Last year, there were two homicides at Patton among patients, the first since 1994. Another patient committed suicide in January, the facility’s third since 2003.