Hospital patient suffers skull fracture after attack by another patient


Brian Dewayne Edwards, 47, was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly attacking another patient at the North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) Behavioral Health Unit while he was sleeping. The victim suffered a fractured skull, broken nose, and brain bleed, resulting in facial paralysis and vision loss.

According to accounts from NFRMC and surveillance video, Edwards, who was at the time a patient at NFRMC, entered the room of the victim while the victim was sleeping. Edwards allegedly began punching and kicking the victim with his fists and feet, then picked up a chair and threw it at the victim; the chair hit a wall, leaving a hole in the wall.

An NFRMC employee entered the room and reportedly told Edwards to stop; another employee reportedly pulled Edwards from the room.

A Gainesville Police Department officer arrived and detained Edwards. Post Miranda, Edwards reportedly admitted kicking the victim once and punching him 5-6 times, as well as throwing the chair at him. Edwards reportedly said that he believed the victim assaulted him.

Edwards was a patient in the Behavioral Health Unit who reportedly suffers from a delusion of being assaulted and had told staff that he thought his landlord had assaulted him.

The victim reportedly suffered a skull fracture, broken nose, and brain bleed, with facial paralysis and vision loss. He was transported to UF Health Shands for trauma care.

Edwards has been charged with felony battery and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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  • Thank goodness for the employee who pulled this guy out of the other patient’s room.
    He probably saved the guy’s life..
    I sure hope NFRMC gives him some kind of recognition for what he did. I know they are not that great for rewarding their employees for a job well done, much less, I imagine, for doing a job that puts them in harms way.
    It’s such a shame that people like this perpetrator get turned back loose onto society without much assurance that their problem has been cured..
    I know that this all started back in the ’80s when long term/residential mental health hospitals were closed down as political correctness/now “woke” took over from common sense practices that actually worked somewhat well…

    • This is a result of someone being “woke”? How so?

  • because they have to blame someone besides anyone in their political party. Nothing bad in the USA has ever been a Republicans fault. They seemed to be unable to accept blame for anything even if it is partial blame.
    The cutbacks on mental health were based on the insurance companies not wanting to pay for it anymore and the politicians that were owned by them. Both parties are at fault and I don’t believe anything in this country will ever be fixed again with the negativity on both sides towards each other. Politicians couldn’t care less about us, they only care about what the money that pays for their campaigns wants done.

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