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Psych center patient charged with stabbing a staffer for the second time in a week

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CANTON — For the second time in a week, a St. Lawrence County Psychiatric Center patient was arrested for an alleged assault on an employee.

Ogdensburg police on Monday morning arrested James Earl Davis, 26, of Ward 94, 1 Chimney Point Drive. He was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class D felonies, accused of stabbing a psychologist employed at the center in the neck with a pencil. The weapon charge is a felony due to a previous conviction.

Police did not release the name of the victim, and court documentation was unavailable.

Mr. Davis was arrested on identical charges on July 17 after allegedly stabbing a therapy aide at the psychiatric center in the face with a metal butter knife.

That victim was treated at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center for the wound, which penetrated the left cheek, and was released.

Police earlier incorrectly reported Mr. Davis’s last name as Davison.

The second alleged assault occurred Friday in the psychologist’s office in the psychiatric center’s Trinity Building at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The victim was transported by another employee to the Claxton-Hepburn emergency room for treatment of a stab wound that penetrated the left side of the victim’s neck. Part of the pencil broke off in the victim’s neck, and had to be removed by emergency room staff. The victim was treated and released.

Mr. Davis was arrested at 9:16 a.m. Monday and brought to Ogdensburg City Court for arraignment before Judge William Small.

He was remanded 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 he is released from the psychiatric center.

An order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim. He is due back in court on a later date.

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