SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The family of a patient who died at the Oregon State Hospital in January is suing the state, alleging his death was a result of hospital staff retaliation after he reported sexual abuse at the facility.
The Statesman Journal reports a tort claim was filed on behalf of the sister of Christopher Patrick Crawford, Lisa Feehely.
It alleges Crawford discovered a nurse was having sex with a patient, and reported it. Hospital supervisors then told Crawford to keep quiet about it, but he alerted the police and the media.
The tort claim says Crawford was moved to a more restrictive ward and over-medicated. He died three months later.
The state found the nurse had sexually abused a patient; she resigned.