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Psychiatric patient escapes twice

4 years ago January 05, 2011 Jan 5, 2011 Wednesday, January 05 2011 Wednesday, January 05, 2011 5:27:34 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - The search is over for a mental patient that escaped from the Greenwell Springs mental hospital.

Thirty-year-old Crandell Turner went missing around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. He was found 3 miles away on Magnolia Bridge Rd.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, this is not the first time Turner has escaped the facility.

On New Year's Day, Turner escaped the hospital around 11 a.m. Sheriff's deputies picked him up less than 30 minutes later on Wax Rd. and returned him to the facility.

It's still unclear how Turner escaped twice. The sheriff's office searched throughout Wednesday.

High-ranking EBRSO officials and numerous uniformed deputies and detectives combed the area searching for Turner.

Deputies went door to door alerting residents of the escape. Houses within a 5 mile radius received calls explaining the situation.

Neighbors say Wednesday morning's phone call said nothing about Turner escaping twice-- a piece of information that many believe to be vital. Some raised questions about the facilities security.

In a statement, The Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary, Bruce Greenstein, said "I am directing our staff to conduct an extensive review of all policies and procedures regarding security of patients immediately and am prepared to make any changes necessary to ensure the safety of our clients and the community at large. I also have ordered a swift and detailed investigation into what happened at Greenwell Springs."

There's no word on what changes will be made at the facility. An EBRSO spokesperson said Turner will be brought to a different mental hospital.


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