HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – An emotional hearing was held today after a former Hartford Police Department officer pleaded with a review board not to move his assailant to a less safe mental health facility. was broken.
“I lost everything because of her,” said former Hartford officer Jill Quiddik. “She lost everything because of her”
Kidik spoke out at a hearing after the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board moved attacker Chevoughn Augustin to a less secure mental hospital.
“I have two other men who have seen her plunge an 8-inch butcher knife into my windpipe. My throat gets stuck, I can’t swallow water without choking, I can’t eat a hamburger, I can’t cry because everyone is convulsing. After finding the cooking pot and searching for the knife, it knocked me unconscious. This was not a crime of opportunity. I still chose not to pull out her gun.I didn’t pose any threat to her.I was trying my best to help her that day and throw her eviction off.She needs someone It turns out that
Four years have passed since that attack.
Augustin recently moved from the maximum security Whiting Forensic Hospital to the enhanced security Dutcher Hall.
Kiddik was alerted by email four days after Augustine was transferred.
“I want to know when she goes out and if this happens again because she is not responding to medication because she doesn’t like gaining weight like she used to. I don’t want to lose my livelihood. Who are you?” Kidik asked.
A new law was just passed last year that allows the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to serve patients without such hearings.
It is being carried out according to the hospital’s interpretation. I work with the board on that. It doesn’t mean there isn’t an ongoing conversation about how to make sure communication is always very clear,” said Mary-Kate Mason, spokeswoman for Mental Health and Addiction Services.
“They can guess what it’s going to be, but this isn’t a guessing game. You’re not guessing the safety of society,” Kiddik said.
Ultimately, the board decided to keep the attackers at the less secure facility, the Dutcher.
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