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Police: Waterbury-based psychiatrist slapped 10-year-old patient
By Jonathan Shugarts
November 27, 2019

Psychiatrist Arvind Shah

Psychiatrist Arvind Shah

WATERBURY — A psychiatrist with a city-based practice is facing a felony charge in connection to allegedly slapping a young patient in his office, according to documents obtained Wednesday.

Dr. Arvind Shah, 70, was charged earlier this month after an investigation of his interaction with a 10-year-old boy, according to police.

Police say they were called to Shah’s office on Nov. 7 at about 3:40 p.m. The child’s mother and her husband were with the boy, who was suffering from “several emotional psychological diagnoses,” according to police.

At some point during the visit, the child threw a tantrum while flailing and kicking his legs, according to police. Shah then slapped the child in the upper left leg, a witness told police.

Patrol officers reported seeing “redness” on the child’s leg, according to police. Shah told police he hit the child only to prevent from being kicked, according to police.

A spokesman for the state Department of Health said he could not confirm or deny that the department has a pending investigation of Shah based on his arrest.

But state records show that Shah was ordered to pay a $3,000 penalty in 2009 after an alleged violation of professional boundaries. Shah treated a patient, who is not identified in state records, for about four years, then hired that person as a subcontractor for therapy sessions, which the state alleged was an ethical violation.

As part of a consent degree with the state’s Medical Examining Board, Shah also completed a course in ethics to settle the complaint, according to those records.

Shah’s state license, which he has held since 1985, remains in place, records show.

A message left at Shah’s office was unreturned on Wednesday.

Shah, of Roxbury, was charged with breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor. He was released on a $2,500 bond and he’s due in Middletown Superior Court on Dec. 5.