A hospital was sued for not admitting a psychotic man after he killed his son. “The family was suing Helen Fuld and Dr. Dario LaRocco, who managed the center’s crisis unit in 1999, on allegations the doctors never hospitalized Antonio the day he killed Joseph.

The day Antonio went berserk inside Panzitta’s Ewing home, where Diana and Nancy were left beaten and bloodied, the Petruccas were advised to go to the city’s crisis center by Petrucca’s private doctor, Mark Magariello.

The hospital, represented by Tom Walsh, said Petrucca arrived at the hospital looking for help to conquer depression issues after revealing to wife earlier that morning he was having an affair.

He later killed his son because he had delusions Nancy was a demon and his wife was a vampire, testimony revealed.

Petrucca had psychotic and homicidal delusions the only way to save himself from their powers was to kill their son, the family allege.

Petrucca was seen by five hospital officials on Sept. 22, including a screener, LaRocco’s resident and a psychiatric nurse, with all of them reporting the man was calm and never spoke of vampires, testimony revealed.”

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  • Anonymous

    Sounds like total BS to me.

    Did the wife tell the clinic that he was having delusions? Doesnt sound like it. Sounds like she dropped him off at the front door and left it up to him to tell the doctors whatever he wanted to tell them.

    If the doctors didnt ask about delusions, then they were negligent.

    However, what the hell are they supposed to do if the guy tells him he’s not having delusions or thoughts of harming other people? There is no magic test you can do to see if people are psychotic.

    If the doctors asked about delusions and thoughts of committing harm, and the guy said NO, and there were no family members who said otherwise, then the hospital is off the hook. That sounds like what happened to me.

    Word to the wise: if your family member is having delusions, GO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH HIM AND TELL THE DOCTORS YOURSELF WHATS GOING ON. DONT RELY ON YOUR FAMILY MEMBER TO GIVE OUT AN HONEST REPORT TO THE DOCTORS.

    All the doctors can do is listen to the patient and family. Since the family was apparently AWOL while this was going on, they cant be faulted unless they didnt ask the relevant questions.

  • S.

    “All the doctors can do is listen to the patient and family.”

    They might also consult with the patient’s treating physician (Petrucca’s private doctor, Mark Magariello) who has referred the patient to the clinic,
    and refer to documentation of previous admissions to the facility.

    From the article:

    According to testimony Petrucca was diagnosed as psychotic and hospitalized in 1993 for threatening his family with a gun.

    But the hospital never reviewed the 1993 file and failed to inquire into Petrucca’s current state with Magariello — who ordered Diana to take Antonio to the crisis center the day of the eventual murder.

    ….

    It’s also not reasonable or fair to assume the the family simply dropped the man off and spoke to no one. If there was no consultation with the family that doesn’t mean family wasn’t present. It could well be the failure of staff to inquire about the full history of the patient, or bother consulting with the family.

    S.

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