Mental Health Nurse Arrested for Patient Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A licensed practical nurse at the Florida State Hospital is facing charges of abusing a disabled patient.

Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday that 45-year-old Melody Melton of Blountstown was arrested on a third-degree felony warrant for slapping a female patient and pulling her hair while trying to administer medications. Melton faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

It's the latest incident that has hit the Panhandle mental hospital where two people were fired last month and another resigned after a patient gave birth to a baby that was required to be on life support. State mental health administrators later said the facility was poorly equipped to care for a pregnant woman and ignored her pleas for help when she went into labor.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2012 at 02:25 PM
    What's a mentally disabled person doing being pregnant ? Surely she's not going to care for a child ? A perfectly sane person has a bit of trouble raising a child.The hours are torturous and the pay is nil. You shouldn't slap and pull mentally disabled peoples hair, it's not fair that they can't slap and seize you and give as good as you gave. Maybe you will understand when you are at the mercy of the court.
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