New Britain man charged with abuse of patient at mental health facility

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:59
Written by LISA BACKUS


MIDDLETOWN - A New Britain man employed at a locked state mental health facility was seen on video repeatedly kicking and taunting a patient and placing a diaper over his head, according to arrest warrants released this week.

Lance Camby, 48, of 15 Prospect St., Apartment 24, New Britain, is facing five counts of cruelty to persons and five counts of disorderly conduct. Camby was working at the state’s Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown when he and 30 other employees came under suspicion following a report earlier this year that a 62-year-old patient had been abused.

Camby was arrested along with eight other state employees in early September on charges they systematically abused the male patient who is under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board and is a long-term patient at Whiting.

The facility is run by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The abuse was uncovered in March, prompting a review of video cameras in the patient’s room, the warrants said.

The videos revealed Camby and several others repeatedly abusing the man with fellow employees watching, the warrant said. Within the span from March 8 to March 21, Camby can be seen kicking the patient and at times throwing objects at him including liquid from a cup, the warrant said.

The videos also showed Camby and another employee holding the patient down while a third employee places a diaper on the outside of his clothing. The man takes off the diaper himself, but Camby ultimately places it on the patient’s head, the warrants said. Camby had been an employee since 2001.

Separate documents detailed the role of Southington resident Mark Cusson, 49, of 353 Harness Drive, who was also charged. Cusson was a forensic nurse with Whiting and had been working at the facility since 1996.

Cusson is seen on the video repeatedly kicking the patient, at times with another employee, the warrants said. At one point, Cusson wrapped his legs around the patient’s neck in a “scissor” type move, police said. During many of the instances, other staff was in the room watching while Cusson abused the patient, police said.

Video shows Cusson pouring a cup of liquid over the patient’s head and then using a mop on the patient’s head to clean up the mess. Cusson also waved his buttocks and his groin above the patient who was in his bed, the warrant said. Cusson would also taunt the patient by walking past his bed repeatedly changing directions, leading the man to rock and spin on his bed, the warrant said.

The patient was relocated after the abuse was uncovered and identified staff members were placed on paid leave, state police said. All nine employees who were charged face multiple counts of cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Southington Herald on Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:59. Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2017 22:01.