Michigan mental health patient charged with two sex assaults at Harbor Oaks

WXYZPublished: October 6, 2017
Published: October 6, 2017

To Tammy Long’s son, Harbor Oaks resembled more of a crime scene than a psychiatric hospital. “I expected my son to be safe.  Not to be harmed,” she said. “His safety was not of their concern.” He came to the sprawling New Baltimore facility in need of care.  He left, prosecutors say, the victim of two brutal crimes. LaDon Nevils, who spent just over a year at Harbor Oaks as a behavioral health associate, said she witnessed the hospital failed to live up to it’s promise to provide safe, premier psychiatric care. “(Families) can’t go home and trust us that their loved one will be okay and bad things won’t happen to them,” Nevils said. “We have so many patients and not enough staff.” Nevils is one of a handful of other former employees who have spoken to 7 Action News, alleging they witnessed frequent attacks on patients.

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