Arizona State Hospital didn't report deadly attack for hours, cleaned up crime scene

PHOENIX — Donald Prather was knocked out, laying face up on the floor of the Arizona State Hospital.

It was the middle of the night on April 23, 2019.

The 83-year-old psychiatric patient had just been punched 16 times in the head during a vicious assault inside the hospital’s sex-offender unit, the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC).

The beating would eventually kill Prather.

Yet staff at the state’s only publicly-run psychiatric hospital, which has a troubled history of failing to report and document crimes, did not report the crime to Phoenix police for four hours and cleaned up the crime scene before investigators arrived.


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