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V.A. Medical Center nursing assistant charged with manslaughter

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – The U.S. House Committee on Veteran's Affairs has launched an investigation into the case of a nursing assistant from the Alexandria V.A. Medical Center that has been arrested and charged with the death of a patient who was treated there in March.

Committee chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, sent a letter to Veteran's Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki requesting "detailed information regarding the death of a veteran patient following a physical altercation with a nursing assistant."

The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office filed the charges following an investigation by the V.A.'s Inspector General's Office.

US Marshals arrested Frederick Kevin Harris on December 11 and charged him with manslaughter.

According to the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, the patient suffered a closed head injury while he was a patient.

The patient was under Harris' care when he received the injury.

After being treated at Rapides Regional Medical Center, the patient was transferred to nursing home in Grant Parish, where he later died. 

An autopsy showed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. 

A statement was released by V.A. Medical Center public affairs officer Tammie Arnold stating  "We can confirm that Mr. Frederick Kevin Harris is employed at the Alexandria VA as a nursing assistant.  VA is working with the authorities involved in this active investigation.  Alexandria VA Medical Center's number one priority is the safety and health of our Veterans and employees."

Harris is being held at the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on a $250,000 bond.

Stay with News Channel 5 for the latest in this story. 

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