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Mental health worker admits to assaulting patient

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It's a confession from a caregiver who turned on patient:

"I was spit on by a client and I assaulted him."

Forty-two-year-old Lyndon Brown admits to hitting a patient at the West Central Georgia Regional Hospital.

The GBI arrested Brown and charged with him battery after an incident on September 28th. Agents say the former technician struck a male patient multiple times in the face at the facility off Schatulga Road.

Brown is out of jail on bond so we went to his house Tuesday and asked him about the incident. He gave us his side of the story.

"I only asked this man, can you move over so another person can get on the van and he told me mind your own business [expletive] and hawked and spit on my face," he said.

After that, Brown says he struck the man twice.

Authorities say the patient was in restraints when he was hit but Brown says he wasn't totally defenseless.

"His arms were out of the restraints. His legs were restrained but not his arms."

State officials tell News Leader 9 the patient received minor injuries.

As for Brown, he resigned from his position that day. As far as excuses go, he's not really making any.

"I'm not proud of it but it happened and it's really all I have to say."

Officials with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities say once the GBI's investigation is complete, they'll do an internal investigation.

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