Camden man, a medical technician, charged after allegedly trying to detain unruly patient

ROME – A medical technician at Rome Health is facing criminal charges after getting involved in trying to detain an unruly patient, according to the Rome Police Department.

Police said an elderly male resident in a behavioral health unit at Rome Health was being combative with nurses and trying to leave his locked unit on Oct. 22. Police said medical technician Eugene G. Kelly, 57, of Camden, heard the commotion and went to help – even though it was not his job to help, and he did not have the necessary training to deal with such a resident.

When Kelly attempted to help, police said he ended up shoving the resident, who then fell to the floor and broke a hip.

The New York State Justice Center handled the initial investigation and eventually turned it over to the Rome Police Department. Evidence was turned over to Rome City Court and a criminal summons was issued.

Kelly was taken into custody on Tuesday on one count each of reckless assault and endangering an incompetent person, police stated. He is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court.

According to Rome Health officials, Kelly was an employee of Labcorp contracted to work in the hospital. Officials said Kelly has not worked at either Labcorp or Rome Health since November.

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