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Oconee Co. Mental Hospital Escapee Returned

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Jason Mark Carter was returned to an Oconee Co. mental facility by SLED agents. Jason Mark Carter was returned to an Oconee Co. mental facility by SLED agents.
COLUMBA, S.C. - An Oconee County man has been returned to South Carolina after his arrest in Tennessee.

Officials said Jason Mark Carter escaped from a South Carolina Department of Mental Health facility Jan. 2. He was found the next day near Nashville, Tenn.

State Law Enforcement Division agents picked up Carter last week.  The SCDMH says Carter is being housed in a secure forensics hospital in Richland County.

Carter was arraigned on grand larceny charge. Officials said he stole a state van when he escaped, bought a car and drove to Tennessee.

Officials said Carter was part of a patient work crew at the time of his escape.  The SCDMH said the investigation into Carter's escape hasn't finished but an internal review found several systems issues which contributed to the patient leaving the grounds of the Department.  From now on, there are new unauthorized absence policies and procedures for inpatient facilities.  Job sites for patients are now limited to those within the hospital.  There is also more training for staff who supervise patients in the work porgram.  That program is suspended until the new policies are approved.
One employee was disciplined, but not fired.

Carter was being held by the Mental Health Department after the deaths of his mother and stepfather in Seneca in 2006. A judge found Carter not guilty by reason of insanity in 2009.


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