Two employees of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in Leesburg were taken into custody July 24 in connection with the injury of a juvenile patient at the facility on June 11.
According to information released today (July 25), the 16-year-old patient, from Woodbridge, was injured after being restrained by Stephen S. Holmes, 53, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, an employee at the facility.
A joint investigation was conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County’s Department of Family Services in coordination with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney after detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division were contacted June 14 by DFS in reference to an alleged injury to a girl at the facility.
The investigation determined that the juvenile female had suffered injuries to her spine. The injuries were a result of the restraint performed by Holmes on June 11.
Holmes was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and cruelty and injuries to a child(ren). He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Kara L. Mueller, 45, of Lovettsville, was arrested and charged with cruelty and injuries to a child(ren). The investigators say Mueller, a registered nurse at the facility, failed to intervene when the restraint was incorrectly administered. She was released from the detention center on an unsecured bond.