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Va. looks into treatment of state senator's son

2 years 10 months 4 weeks ago November 21, 2013 Nov 21, 2013 Thursday, November 21 2013 November 21, 2013 6:49 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

HOT SPRINGS, Va. - As police studied evidence in the attack on state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Virginia health official says his office opened an investigation into why the legislator's son was reportedly released from emergency custody.

Media outlets reported the emergency order was issued for Gus Deeds on Monday, the day before he stabbed his father and killed himself with a rifle at the family's farm in western Virginia.

Gus Deeds was apparently taken to the Rockbridge Area Community Services center, which treats mental illness and substance abuse, but he was released because they couldn't find a psychiatric bed for him. Several hospitals say they had space.

Douglas Bevelaqua is the director of the inspector general program for behavioral health in Virginia. He says an investigation was opened into the conflicting reports.

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