Family: OR hospital retaliated against patient

Christopher Patrick Crawford died in January

A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)
A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)

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.

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