Behavioral healthcare center worker charged in teen’s death


LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say an employee at a behavioral healthcare center has been charged in connection with the death of a teenager who was a patient at the facility.

A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office news release says 47-year-old William P. Herndon, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was indicted on Jan.11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the 15-year-old.

The sheriff’s office responded to the facility in November 2017. The juvenile was reportedly not breathing and unresponsive. The teenager was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Authorities say an investigation found that the teenager lost his life after being restrained by the employee.

It’s unclear if Herndon has a lawyer.

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