Black Psychiatric Facility Supervisor Charged With Strangling Autistic Patient To Death

A supervisor at a Staten Island psychiatric facility was indicted Wednesday for strangling an autistic patient during a botched effort to subdue him, authorities said.

Jawara Henry, 27, died Dec. 4 at the South Beach Psychiatric Center while Erik Stanley was attempting to restrain him.

Henry was agitated and very aggressive and had bitten other patients and at least one staffer, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said.

Stanley, a 37-year-old developmental aide supervisor, told investigators he followed proper procedure, a law enforcement source said.

But medical evidence showed he grabbed Henry in a chokehold while the patient was on his stomach, prosecutors said.


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