Las Cruces Sun-News
Las Cruces psychiatrist abused former patient, police say
December 4, 2014
Daniel J. Brandt, 54, was charged with one count of abuse of a resident, a fourth-degree felony, according to a Las Cruces Police Department news release.
Police allege Brandt grabbed the hoodie of a 28-year-old former patient, twisted it in his hand and escorted the intellectually disabled inside Campo Behavioral Health Services on Tuesday. Brand’s hold was tight enough, according to police, that the man choked and passed out for a brief time.
Brandt had worked with the man for 13 years, till July when the man’s court-appointed guardian requested a change in psychiatrists, the news release states.
The man and caretaker had gone to Campo Behavioral Health Services on Tuesday to reconcile records. That’s when Brandt allegedly approached them in the parking lot, suggesting the man see a new therapist at the facility. When the man refused, Brandt allegedly grabbed him.
Reached on Thursday afternoon, Brandt declined to comment on the incident.
He was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on Wednesday on a $10,000 bond. Brand, who has no criminal record according to online New Mexico court records, has since posted bail.