WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The trial for a former employee at Northwest Health arrested for abuse has been delayed.
Collyn Harlan, 28, was charged with one felony count of abuse of an endangered or impaired person. A felony information sheet accused Harlan of fracturing a victim’s ribs by throwing him to the floor.
Investigators discovered that during the incident, on March 13, 2022, a patient was voluntarily admitted to the behavioral health unit for recurrent severe major depressive disorder.
During the intake process, the victim was asked to remove clothing for a “skin assessment.”
The victim told staff that he was not comfortable doing this. According to an affidavit, surveillance video showed Harlan and another employee grabbing the victim’s arm, raising his feet off the floor and “forcefully” throwing him to the ground.
Documentation in the patient’s medical records said that he was “assisted to the floor for being noncompliant.”
Two other mental health technicians seen on video interacted with the victim during the intake process and said that he “did not show any signs of being physically aggressive during their interaction.”
The victim began complaining of rib pain after the incident, and an x-ray taken two days later displayed fourth and fifth left-side rib fractures.
Harlan’s trial was originally set to start on Aug. 4. It is now scheduled for Dec. 21 in Washington County.