A mental health worker has died after being stabbed while visiting a patient at a community home. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, a 30-year-old man is in custody.
In a joint statement, Columbia Community Mental Health and Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board, say Jennifer Warren died after she was injured on the job. This occurred during a scheduled visit in St. Helens with 30-year-old Brent Redd.
Redd called police Sunday to report the incident. He's been under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board since pleading "guilty except for insanity" to the 2007 attempted murder of a family member. Redd is now in custody.
The Oregonian reports Redd was sentenced to the Oregon State Hospital for 20 years, but was given conditional release in 2010. At that time, he began receiving local community treatment and remained under the board's care.
The statement says Warren's death is the first time in 34 years that any client under the Psychiatric Security Review Board's jurisdiction has been accused of "a violent act of this nature."
Officials say there are about 600 people under the Psychiatric Security Review Board's jurisdiction -- 400 of whom are under conditional release within the community.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.