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No Criminal Charges in Deeds Investigation

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Bath County Commonwealth's Attorney has decided not to file any criminal charges in connection with the stabbing of State Senator Creigh Deeds and suicide of his son, Gus. The decision puts an end to the criminal investigation that began in November.

Deeds was stabbed multiple times to his head and chest at his home on Nov. 19, by his son who later killed himself. Deeds walked down the hill to Route 42, where he was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving by. They drove to the cousin's house where the 911 call was placed to the sheriff's office, according to State Police.

Deeds has since recovered and returned to the General Assembly.

On November 18, Gus was released from an expired emergency custody order the day before attacking his dad at their home.

The report to Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly exposes several flaws in the state's mental health procedures. It finds Gus had to wait hours to see a counselor after an emergency custody order had been executed. It also shows the person evaluating Gus reportedly called 10 hospitals and private psychiatric facilities in hopes of finding a bed for deeds.

But two of the private hospitals that had beds said they were never contacted.

Another hospital was called but the evaluator wasn't connected to the psychiatric unit, so a request was faxed twice but the fax number was wrong and the request was never received.

The report includes recommendations to prevent something like this from happening again, including creating a web-based psychiatric bed registry and developing better policies in coordinating patient admissions

To read the entire report, click here.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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