Wednesday, November 20, 2013
VA State Rep. Attacked By Son; Son Found Dead
Three hospitals in western Virginia say they had room for the mentally disturbed son of Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds the day before he lashed out and brutally stabbed his father and killed himself.
The reports from the hospitals, all within two hours driving distance from the Deeds family home, contradict earlier claims that Austin 'Gus' Deeds was examined by psychiatrists and then released back to his family Monday when no open beds in psychiatric wards could be found.
THREE hospitals say they had room in psychiatric wards for Creigh Deeds' son before he stabbed his father and killed himself - as Virginia state senator's condition is upgraded to 'good'
Austin 'Gus' Deeds, 24, stabbed his father Creigh Deeds before shooting himself in the head Tuesday morning in rural western Virginia
Creigh Deeds, a veteran state lawmaker and former Democratic candidate for governor, is in critical condition after suffering massive blood loss
Gus Deeds took a semester off from the College of William and Mary to help with his father's losing 2009 gubernatorial campaign
Gus was evaluated at a mental hospital Monday, but no beds were available so he was released to his parents
By MICHAEL ZENNIE
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 16:08 EST, 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:13 EST, 20 November 2013
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Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge County Community Services Board, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the emergency custody order, or ECO, allowed Gus Deeds to be held as long as four hours to determine whether he should be kept longer, up to 48 hours, under a temporary detention order.
The son was evaluated Monday at Bath Community Hospital, Cropper said, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia.
Creigh Deeds’ son had mental-health evaluation Monday
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:38 am | Updated: 12:32 am, Wed Nov 20, 2013.
BY JIM NOLAN, MICHAEL MARTZ AND BILL McKELWAY