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Nursing assistant charged in death of patient

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A nursing assistant from the Alexandria VA Medical Center has been arrested and charged with the death of a patient.

The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office filed the charges after an investigation. Frederick Kevin Harris was arrested by US Marshals earlier this week and charged with manslaughter.

According to the Rapides Parish District Attorney' Office the patient suffered a closed head injury while he was a patient back in March. The patient was under Harris' care when he received the injury.   

After being treated at Rapides Regional Medical Center, the patient was transferred to a nursing home in Grant Parish where he later died. An autopsy showed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.  

The VA Medical Center released this statement:

We can confirm that Mr. Frederick Kevin Harris is employed at the Alexandria VA as a nursing assistant.   VA is working with the authorities involved in this active investigation.   Alexandria VA Medical Center's number one priority is the safety and health of our veterans and employees.

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