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Dec 20, 3:14 PM EST

Family of man who died at Oregon hospital sues


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 ( http://stjr.nl/1x7vo31 ) 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.

Officials declined to comment on the tort claim.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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