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3 arrested after quadriplegic patient left at park by hospital staff

Police say hospital staff pushed the man out of his wheelchair and left him lying on the ground in a park.
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Posted at 8:44 AM, Sep 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-02 08:44:00-04

Three people have been arrested after a quadriplegic patient was left at a park in July.

Police say staff of the hospital pushed the patient out of the hospital in a wheelchair and left him lying on the ground at a nearby park in the area of 51st and Campbell avenues.

The man's mother contacted police, requesting the fire department to respond. The man was taken to a different hospital where he received treatment.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kalen Powell, 39-year-old Eric Espinoza and 53-year-old Luis Garcia were indicted by a State Grand Jury on August 21 and arrested by police on August 25 on criminal adult abuse charges.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Phoenix.