- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has criticized the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals over the way it handled the case of a man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of his caseworker.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1zk04ik ) that Judge Netti C. Vogel faulted the agency Tuesday for having Anthony Tavares transferred from Eleanor Slater Hospital to the Adult Correctional Institutions after he attacked a staff member and fellow patients in 2012. Vogel had ordered he be returned to the hospital.

Craig Stenning, director of the state agency, said officials considered the safety of staff and patients.

State law requires that a person found not guilty by reason of insanity be released from state custody when a judge determines the person no longer presents a danger to the community.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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