Report clears Massachusetts hospital after stabbing rampage

TAUNTON, Mass. – A Massachusetts hospital and a contracted mental health worker have been cleared of wrongdoing by the state for the way they treated an apparently suicidal man who hours after he was discharged went on a rampage, killing two people.

The multi-agency report released Monday by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services found that a contracted licensed social worker who evaluated 28-year-old Arthur DaRosa at Morton Hospital in Taunton was “thorough and comprehensive.”

“Based on the multi-agency review, there is no evidence to suggest that inappropriate care was provided during the patient’s encounter at Morton Hospital,” the report said.

The report did, however, find problems with the way the Taunton hospital kept records for other psychiatric patients in the emergency department.

The report didn’t identify DaRosa by name.

DaRosa went to the hospital voluntarily on May 9 and was discharged the next morning. Family members said he had been suicidal and depressed before he checked in.

DaRosa fatally stabbed an 80-year-old woman in her home and a 56-year-old teacher having dinner with his wife in a Silver City Galleria mall restaurant in Taunton, authorities have said. Several other people were injured.

DaRosa was fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

The Bristol district attorney’s investigation into the events is ongoing.