Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Mental health officials in Oklahoma are inquiring about the actions of law enforcement officials and facility workers after a mental patient was found handcuffed to a fence in Vinita.

Two deputies tried to admit 32-year-old Elizabeth Mae Garner into the Oklahoma Forensic Center May 2. The deputies had an order for transport, but not commitment, so she was turned away. Until she was found about 30 minutes later by a security guard at the facility.

Her brother is understandably ticked. His quote to the Joplin Globe:

“My sister is not an angel, but she is not a dog either.”

No kidding. This incident makes the Mailbox wonder exactly how desperate our law enforcement agencies are for new recruits.

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