A hospital worker was arrested yesterday after authorities said he punched a disabled man several times in the face, according to the Florida Attorney General’s office.
Carlos Cuzan, 44, of Homestead worked as a medical health technician at the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Florida City, a forensic hospital for criminal defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of insanity.
A co-worker there witnessed Cuzan repeatedly striking a patient who suffers from schizophrenia, authorities said. The victim was treated for a laceration to his lip.
Cuzan has been charged with battery on a disabled adult, a third degree felony, and was also fired from his job, according to the attorney general’s office. A spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families, which supervises the facility, redirected questions to a contractor in charge of day-to-day operations, Correct Care LLC, which did not return a request for comment.
Cuzan could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.