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Mother seeking answers after she says her son was beaten at Parkview Behavioral Health

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- A Fort Wayne mother is frustrated and heartbroken after she saw what happened to her son.

Shanita Redd describes her son Malachi as a smart and creative eight-year-old little boy.

"He's very bright, very clever, you know with building things and taking it apart and figuring out how to put them back together he's very particular about how he likes things," Redd said.

Now she's trying to figure out how something like this could have ever happened to him.

"It really hurts to know that people don't have Malachi's best interest at heart it hurts that they really didn't even apologize," Redd said.

Redd says this all started one night in April when Malachi began expressing suicidal thoughts. She said she called a crisis hotline and he was then sent to Parkview for an emergency evaluation. Doctors there told Redd he should be admitted to Parkview Behavioral.

"It was a really emotional time because you know just hearing him say the stuff that he was saying and wondering how an eight-year-old is having those types of thoughts so I was extremely concerned and just emotional," Redd said.

Redd says Malachi struggled during his stay at Parkview Behavioral. She says they eventually put him in seclusion because of some of his behavioral issues and she went to go see him, and was shocked to see what happened to him.

"He was laying on the right side of his body and this eye he could hardly hold it open, it was literally drooping down almost swollen all the way shut, and I could see even with the lights off that his lip was busted," Redd said.

She says she immediately filed a complaint with Parkview which was investigated by The Department of Child Services. The investigation was handed over to the prosecutor's office which is not filing any criminal charges. Redd then turned to the NAACP for help.

"The NAACP has reached out to attorneys on behalf of the family and several attorneys are reaching out to us because of all the evidence that we have we forwarded it to these attorneys," Redd said.

Their goal is to get Malachi's story out and help other families who may gone through something similar.

ABC 21 reached out to Parkview Behavioral Health for comment on this story. They sent us a statement that reads:

Following a complaint at Parkview Behavioral Health in May, thorough internal and external investigations were conducted.

Parkview’s internal investigation determined the co-worker involved followed appropriate protocols. Per our policy, we also contacted the Indiana Department of Child Services, whose Institutional Child Protection Services Unit investigated the matter.

Additionally, in the interest of transparency, Parkview Police and Public Safety asked the Fort Wayne Police Department to conduct an investigation, which was ultimately handed over to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and no criminal charges have been filed.

For the privacy of the co-worker and patient involved, we are unable to share any more details.

Tami Brigle, Public Relations Manager, Parkview Health
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