West Virginia Man Charged in Teen Patient’s Death at Leesburg Health Care Facility

An employee of a behavioral health care center near Leesburg has been charged in connection with the death of a teenage patient at the facility.  

William P. Herndon, 47, of Martinsburg, WV, an employee at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, was indicted on Thursday by the multi-jurisdictional grand jury in Fairfax on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old victim from Norfolk.

An investigation conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney found the victim lost his life after being restrained by the employee, a Mental Health Technician at the facility. The name of the boy has not been released in accordance with the applicable state code.  

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the facility located on Victory Lane about 3:37 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2017, for an assist rescue call. A teenage boy was reportedly unresponsive and not breathing. The teenager was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The subsequent investigation, to include the results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Medical Examiner, concluded that the boy died from positional asphyxiation. 

Herndon was taken into custody today and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.  

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