Mental Health Patient Indicted Over Death At Bourne Facility

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A mental health patient has been indicted for manslaughter, months after he had an altercation at a Cape Cod facility with a worker who later died.

Nicholas Davenport of Eastham was a patient at the Cape Cod & Islands Community Mental Health Center in Bourne when staff member Jason Lew was allegedly forced to restrain him on March 24.

During the altercation, the 60-year-old Lew was allegedly struck and fell. About two weeks later, Lew suffered what would be a fatal heart attack.

Investigators initially said Lew’s heart attack couldn’t be tied to the altercation.

But the Cape Cod Times reports that on Friday a grand jury indicted Davenport on charges including manslaughter.

The 20-year-old Davenport is being held at Taunton State Hospital. He faces arraignment in the coming weeks.


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