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Nurse assaulted at Anoka treatment facility

Nurse assaulted at Anoka treatment facility Photo: KSTP-TV

May 10, 2019 05:51 PM

A staff member at a state-run mental health facility in Anoka was repeatedly punched in the face by a patient Thursday night, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Andrew Taggart, 19, punched the woman approximately eight times because she would not give him Tylenol. The woman was knocked unconscious and fell to the floor. Taggart continued to punch and kick the woman as other staff members tried to protect her, according to the complaint.

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In a statement, DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey said, "This is a traumatic event and my thoughts are with the injured staff member and those others who witnessed the attack. Because patients at AMRTC have highly complex mental illnesses that can result in volatile behavior, safety is always a top priority."

He added, "We review high-risk patients multiple times and day and try to anticipate problems. We have implemented many safeguards and we review incidents to see if there are new measures that we can take to ensure the safety of our staff and patients."

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