Police & Fire

Man arrested for abuse of mental patient

CADDO VALLEY — An Arkadelphia man faces felony charges after authorities say he broke the nose of an Arkadelphia Human Development Center resident.

Mario Devon Charles, 45, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 15, by Arkansas State Police for abuse or endangerment of an impaired person. An affidavit released Wednesday states that Charles punched the resident, sending him to the emergency room with a broken nose.

The affidavit, written by Dane Pedersen, a special agent to the Attorney General’s office of Medicaid fraud, indicates that an employee reported the Sept. 19 incident to the facility administrator, who relayed the information to the state Department of Human Services Office of Long Term Care. That office referred the case to the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Charles was a certified nursing assistant at the center at the time of the incident. According to the affidavit, Charles provided a written statement noting that the resident first swung at and hit him in the mouth. Video evidence confirmed Charles returned the blow with a closed fist, the affidavit states.

Following the booking process at the Clark County Detention Center, Charles had a first court appearance and was released on $15,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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