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.
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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.