- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A former psychiatric aide at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is charged with pushing a client into a doorway, causing a head injury that required five staples to close.

The charge of abusing a disabled person was filed against Sheldon Moffett in District Court in Boulder on Oct. 24, the Independent Record (https://bit.ly/1p6fWkb) reports.

Charging documents say the 36-year-old Boulder man was trying to get some of the clients to go to bed on Sept. 29 and the clients refused and were calling him a bully.

Moffett at one point told the clients: “At least I get to go home to my wife,” which apparently prompted the victim to say: “I’m going to kill your wife,” court records said.

Witnesses say Moffett then pushed the man into the doorway, causing the man to hit his head on the door.

Moffett told investigators that he had been very frustrated that day, but that there was no excuse for his actions, court records said.

Moffett was initially placed on administration leave and no longer works at MDC, said Jon Ebelt, spokesman for the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.

District Court officials say Moffett has a notice to appear in court on Nov. 26. He’s been appointed a public defender.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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