Officals investigating alleged abuse at Eleanor Slater Hospital

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police are looking into allegations that patients were abused at the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital.

State and federal authorities are looking into allegations that three patients with profound disabilities were abused last year, according to Elizabeth Roberts, Director of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Governor Gina Raimondo said on Thursday that the allegations are deeply concerning and that the state will get to the bottom of what happened.

“It’s deeply troubling and unacceptable. And we’re getting to the bottom of it,” she said.

Governor Raimondo says the alleged victims are among the state’s most vulnerable patients.

“We are investigating and [are] deeply concerned about it. I have instituted new leadership. Maria Montanara is our new head of behavioral care. We’re concerned. We’re investigating. And I have a new leader who is urgently addressing the issue,” the Governor said.

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