Texas probes Dallas hospital for patient abuse
DALLAS, Texas - DALLAS (AP) - Texas health authorities are investigating allegations that employees at a troubled Dallas hospital restrained and shoved toilet paper into the mouth of a mental health patient. The Dallas Morning News reports Sunday a nurse and co-worker also put a sheet over the patient's head at Parkland Memorial Hospital after she spat on them as they strapped her into a chair. A Parkland spokeswoman says two employees have been dismissed. A police report describing video footage says blood is visible on the toilet paper after it was removed from the patient's mouth. The police investigation has been closed as "unfounded." Texas health authorities are probing the March incident. Parkland was the target of a federal investigation after a patient who was restrained died in the emergency room in 2011.