Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 27, 2014

Va. inspector general report issued in Deeds case


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. —  A report shows state investigators found no evidence a state mental health official tried to contact two facilities that had room to admit state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son hours before he attacked the senator and then killed himself.

The Office of the Inspector General report released Thursday says investigators couldn’t verify a claim by the community service board evaluator who handled Gus Deeds’ case.

Gus Deeds was released from an emergency custody order last year after the local community services board said it was unable to locate a psychiatric bed in the area within the six hours allotted by law.

The evaluator said he contacted 10 facilities. But investigators said phone records and interviews only show seven facilities were contacted. Two of the three that say they weren’t contacted had open beds.