No charges in Broughton Hospital patient's death

Oct 14, 2007 | Posted by: Charlotte.com | Full story: Charlotte.com

“And everyone should have access to health care.”

No criminal action will be taken in the February death of a Broughton Hospital patient who died of asphyxia after a staff member sat on his torso.The death of 27-year-old Anthony Lowery, a patient at the mental health hospital in Morganton, was one of the incidents that led the federal government to stop Medicaid and Medicare payments in August.

On Monday, the district attorney's office that serves Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties said in a letter to the State Bureau of Investigation that it will not charge the staff member who restrained Lowery in the death. Read more

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Mark

Newton, NC

#899 Jun 10, 2013
I do wish that debbie would go get the help she needs but thats not going to happen since she cant see she has a problem. She has got to be the rudest poster on these forums. There is no reason she should talk to people who tried to help her the way she does. Thats a classic sign of anger issues but she sees she is perfect and wont get help.
I will not respond to any more of her crap. Maybe she will go away when she isnt getting the attention she wants.
I feel sorry for her family. I can bet their lives are pure hell with her.
Machielle

Angier, NC

#900 Jun 10, 2013
Mark, I would love to help Debbie but as you are aware, she refuses to admit she has a problem.And I agree, she does have many of the signs and symptoms of attention seeking behaviors, anger issues and several others. But as you are aware, I can not assist her until she sees she has a problem and like many other mentally ill people, she believes she doesn't have a problem but everyone else does. That is so sad because there is help for her out there. Her sister is most likely removed herself and her brother from the problem and I am surprised other family members haven't already done so.
I would love to find her the help she needs but she must admit it first. As they say, you can not help someone who doesn't want help.And Debbie appears to be content to live her life as she has been doing even if there is a better life for her and her family.
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#901 Jun 12, 2013
Mark wrote:
I do wish that debbie would go get the help she needs but thats not going to happen since she cant see she has a problem. She has got to be the rudest poster on these forums. There is no reason she should talk to people who tried to help her the way she does. Thats a classic sign of anger issues but she sees she is perfect and wont get help.
I will not respond to any more of her crap. Maybe she will go away when she isnt getting the attention she wants.
I feel sorry for her family. I can bet their lives are pure hell with her.
The people on here I feel sorry for are these like you,who pertent to be someone they are not good day sir
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#902 Jun 12, 2013
Machielle wrote:
Mark, I would love to help Debbie but as you are aware, she refuses to admit she has a problem.And I agree, she does have many of the signs and symptoms of attention seeking behaviors, anger issues and several others. But as you are aware, I can not assist her until she sees she has a problem and like many other mentally ill people, she believes she doesn't have a problem but everyone else does. That is so sad because there is help for her out there. Her sister is most likely removed herself and her brother from the problem and I am surprised other family members haven't already done so.
I would love to find her the help she needs but she must admit it first. As they say, you can not help someone who doesn't want help.And Debbie appears to be content to live her life as she has been doing even if there is a better life for her and her family.
Like I told Mark ,The only people i feel sorry for on here,is the people like your self who pertent to be somebody you are not.Seems to me and any sincable person,you are the one who has a really bad problem.As for myself I love who i am, have a good day
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#903 Jun 12, 2013
Shelba wrote:
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And while I am at it, why dont YOU take your own advice and SHUT UP! You have been on this big lie for over 2 yrs and no one believes you. IT DIDNT HAPPEN THE WAY YOU WANT EVERYONE TO BELIEVE. Take your pitty party somewhere else.! We are all sick to death of your lies.
See now does thse person have attention seeking problems?Or does she just have anger problem?
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#904 Jun 12, 2013
Randall wrote:
Folks, Ignore Debbies crap. You can not help someone who thinks there is nothing wrong with them. Even though we all see it, Debbie dont. The more replies she gets, the more she will post. Thats because she is getting the attention she wants. If she has as many grand children as she claims, she is not a child. Attention seeking behavior is a HUGE problem with alot adults. And from reading all debbies posts, she has a major case of it. I bet her children and grand children swear like sailors.
Just ignore her. She will give up and go away when she dont get the attention shes looking for.
Now lets see how many swear words she can come up with in her next post.
so funny,have you read other peoples post on here
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#905 Jun 12, 2013
Yes I do get mad and curse on here it makes me mad how places like broughton hosp abuse so many people,and nobody seems to give a care about it its such a shame
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#906 Jun 12, 2013
Fake people like Mark nd that other lady on here just make up stuff,and want others to believe ,and i guess you all are such dum asses you believe it will believe what you want when, it happens to you or your loved one,which i do not wish on no one,then you will know.Then you will say that bicth was right
Machielle

Angier, NC

#907 Jun 12, 2013
debbie wrote:
Fake people like Mark nd that other lady on here just make up stuff,and want others to believe ,and i guess you all are such dum asses you believe it will believe what you want when, it happens to you or your loved one,which i do not wish on no one,then you will know.Then you will say that bicth was right
Debbie,You stated that no one on these forums has tried to assist you and you are wrong in that statement. I have tried to help you find the treatment you need for your issues but you have refused to seek treatment.You family can MAKE you seek treatment and if you continue the way you are going, I feel sure that is in your future.It would be alot easier on everyone involved if you would ask for the help you need on your own instead of making your family
force you into treatment. They already have enough to deal with with your behaviors.
Blasting at the other posters on this forum shows that you are dealing with anger issues also.
I have been nothing but kind toward you because I see the problems you are dealing with. I do wish you could say the same thing but you can not.
Machielle

Angier, NC

#908 Jun 12, 2013
debbie wrote:
Fake people like Mark nd that other lady on here just make up stuff,and want others to believe ,and i guess you all are such dum asses you believe it will believe what you want when, it happens to you or your loved one,which i do not wish on no one,then you will know.Then you will say that bicth was right
Debbie, I am not a "fake " person. I am a real person who is reaching out to you to help you with your behavior problems.At some point in your life, these behaviors are going to become a HUGE problem for you and your family. I am trying to help you so your other family members do not abandon you as your sister has already done. Your anger issues are getting out of hand also. This is dangerous for your family members. I have to wonder what you put your family through when you lash out as a total stranger who is only trying to help you. I bet they are afraid to try and help you since you are in denial and refuse to see what really is happening. You need assistance with these behaviors before you have no one left in your family who will associate with you. You are heading down hill rapidly and taking your family with you.
Lashing out at total strangers is big part of your problem. With help, you can learn to control your anger issues and attention seeking behavior and lead a normal life. After you face the fact and seek treatment, you will then see what you have put your family though and see that your life is not normal and YOU have the problems that you have been blaming others for.
ester

Angier, NC

#909 Jun 12, 2013
Debbie, why will you not listen to Machielle? They are only trying to help you. All you have done to anyone on here that has tried to help is be mean to them. We all see you need help and at least this poster is trying to help you and not laughing at you.
Debbie

Charlotte, NC

#910 Jun 13, 2013
ester wrote:
Debbie, why will you not listen to Machielle? They are only trying to help you. All you have done to anyone on here that has tried to help is be mean to them. We all see you need help and at least this poster is trying to help you and not laughing at you.
llike I said ,I'm really glad ,I am so sure of who I am.I have not been rude,I have been pretty nice.Anyway that's jut shows me that broughton hospital has something to hide.I mean with them trying to flip this subject on me nd all
Debbie

Charlotte, NC

#911 Jun 13, 2013
Machielle wrote:
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Debbie,You stated that no one on these forums has tried to assist you and you are wrong in that statement. I have tried to help you find the treatment you need for your issues but you have refused to seek treatment.You family can MAKE you seek treatment and if you continue the way you are going, I feel sure that is in your future.It would be alot easier on everyone involved if you would ask for the help you need on your own instead of making your family
force you into treatment. They already have enough to deal with with your behaviors.
Blasting at the other posters on this forum shows that you are dealing with anger issues also.
I have been nothing but kind toward you because I see the problems you are dealing with. I do wish you could say the same thing but you can not.
I have a very good family who I love very much who loves me right back .thank you to know,God is very good to me
Ester

Angier, NC

#912 Jun 13, 2013
Debbie wrote:
<quoted text>llike I said ,I'm really glad ,I am so sure of who I am.I have not been rude,I have been pretty nice.Anyway that's jut shows me that broughton hospital has something to hide.I mean with them trying to flip this subject on me nd all
I guess your mental illness makes you think that calling posters bitches is NOT rude. Guess what.ITS VERY RUDE!
Ester

Angier, NC

#913 Jun 13, 2013
debbie wrote:
Fake people like Mark nd that other lady on here just make up stuff,and want others to believe ,and i guess you all are such dum asses you believe it will believe what you want when, it happens to you or your loved one,which i do not wish on no one,then you will know.Then you will say that bicth was right
And here is Miss Debbie, NOT BEING RUDE to other posters..Anger classes would really help you Debbie.
aleia

Asheville, NC

#914 Jun 14, 2013
Debbie,I have been a resident at broughton off and on since 1974. I KNOW the wire mesh screens were on all the windows where pts are since then. I have had a drug problem since the war and I have been on most of the wards there.I CAN PROMISE YOU, IT DID NOT HAPPEN THE WAY YOUR BROTHER SAYS IT DID!The staff at broughton are mostly very caring people.They may be a few that are not AS caring as others but none of them just jerk people up and throw them through a window.For the main reason, there is snoops on the ward who would report them and they would loose their jobs. And the biggest reason is the wire screens. Your brother is delusional and thats all there is to it. No way did it happen like he says it did.
Also, You yourself have quite a few issues.Your anger problems and attention seeking behavior is totally ruling your life and as long as you let it, it WILL! You should care more about yourself and family to allow it to take over your life as you have. I know you are just gonna come back and blast me as you do everyone else who points out your problems but I really dont care because I KNOW you have problems and I am not going to judge you for it.In fact, I denied having problems for quite some time until almost all my family was afraid of me. I finally went for help, mainly to prove to them that it was THEM who had problems and not me. On a trail basis, i agreed to take the meds and prove to my family they were nuts and I was fine. ANd you know what??? They were right! My whole life changed after taking the meds for some time. I have backslid several times due to old friends coming around and convincing me that there was nothing wrong with me and I didnt need the meds but I havent been back at Broughton for several yrs now. I KNOW I have problems and the meds is the answer. I am thankful for the staff at broughton because if it wasnt for them, i would have been on the streets, crazy as a loon and no telling what would have happened to me. My family couldnt control me and broughton was my saving grace several times.
Before the rest of your family abandons you, seek help. Or do as I did. Prove to them and yourself that there really is nothing wrong with you. I bet you are gonna be really surprised when you find out the truth.
Prior Resident

Asheville, NC

#915 Jun 15, 2013
I have been a pt at broughton and I agree that the staff there are very caring. They are wonderful in dealing with pts who are aggressive and start fights. They are required to take classes in dealing with fights. About the wire mesh on the windows, they were there when I was admitted there in 1973.And Debbies brother must be delusional or debbie is. THere aint any way that the staff threw him through any window at broughton.
Mental illness runs in families and debbies family is a good example.
leon

Angier, NC

#916 Jun 16, 2013
Its nice to see some prior residents of broughton posting about the wire screens.If ANYONE would know, they would. I worked there on the painting crew yrs ago and as far back as I can remember, ALL windows where pts were housed had those big heavy wire mesh screens. I helped paint alot of those window casings and the screens were there then. I guess this Debbie poster has alot of problems also and will believe anything her brother tells her. But I know for a fact that these screens have been in place since the early 70's cause thats when I worked there on the painting crew. Theres no way he was pitched through any of the windows where pts are.
Juston

Newton, NC

#917 Jun 17, 2013
You know, Debbie posts ALOT about what she thinks happened to her brother but she has never once said THANK YOU to the staff who cared for her brother or her daughter and who ever else in her family thats been a resident at broughton. Seems she dont/wont/cant take care of them herself, she should be thankful that there is a place where she can take them to.. But all she wants to do is fuss about something that COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED the way she THINKS it happened. Way to many people has pointed that out to her but she continues to believe something her mentally ill brother told her.. Says alot about this family doesn't it.
debbie

Charlotte, NC

#918 Jun 17, 2013
Ester wrote:
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I guess your mental illness makes you think that calling posters bitches is NOT rude. Guess what.ITS VERY RUDE!
If you truely have read my post then you know others have used um bad language with me

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