Authorities investigating mental patient's death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the beating death of a patient at a Nashville, Tenn., mental health facility.

The Tennessean reports James M. Hodge was attacked by another patient early Thursday morning at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute, then died of his injuries during surgery later that day.

Police believe the 53-year-old was attacked by fellow patient Thaddeus Odom. The 60-year-old was in two separate altercations with Hodge, police say, the second lasting just 30 seconds. The assault was witnessed by two staff members who were nearby and tried to help.

Odom has been segregated from the rest of the population at the facility until the investigation is complete.


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