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Patient arrested in psych center stabbing


OGDENSBURG — A patient has been arrested in the Monday stabbing of a St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center staffer.

City police arrested James Earl Davison, 25, Wednesday.

Mr. Davison was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class D felonies.

City police responded to the report of a stabbing at the psych center’s Trinity Building at 12:33 p.m. Monday.

A press release from Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said when officers arrived, the male victim, a therapy aide employed by the psych center, was being treated by a nurse for a stab wound to the face.

The victim was subsequently taken by the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment of the wound, which penetrated the left cheek. The victim was treated and released.

The attack occurred in the psych center’s dining area as lunch was finishing, police said. The victim was stabbed with a butter knife.

After police completed the investigation, the psychiatric center’s Public Safety Department was called on to assist in the arrest due to the suspect’s inpatient status.

Mr. Davison was arrested at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday at the city police station, then taken to City Court for arraignment.

The weapon charge is a felony due to a previous conviction.

Mr. Davison was arraigned before Judge William R. Small and sent back into the custody of the Office of Mental Hygiene with the condition that $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond will be instituted if Mr. Davison is released from the psychiatric center.

An order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim. Mr. Davison is due back in court next Monday.

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