Heads on a Stick

West Virginia Physician Arrested in Bizarre Case

In the city of Spencer, WV, a doctor has been charged with two separate cases of assault, one of whom was an elderly patient, reported Sergeant F.L. Hammack of the West Virginia State Police.

Kenneth Seen, MD

Kenneth Seen,MD, age 52, was arrested on one charge of felony child abuse;  three misdemeanor charges; two counts of battery and one of assault, on October 31st.

As a result, the West Virginia state Board of Medicine suspended Seen’s medical license immediately, Hammack reported.

The most bizarre charge against Seen originates from an incident where authorities believe the doctor actually stuck his tongue in the mouth of an elderly patient, and the man bit off a “significant portion” of the doctor’s tongue, according to hospital officials.

According to a criminal complaint, Seen accused one of his patients of biting part of his tongue off. The State police official said the ER physician who treated Seen immediately after the incident, did not believe the doctor’s version of the story, saying “it didn’t add up.”

According to Sgt Hammack, “The investigation revealed that Dr. Seen’s story was not physically possible.”

Initially, Roane County General Hospital notified police that a doctor had reported that a patient – while suffering from dementia and bedridden – bit a portion of a doctor’s tongue off. At some point later, the patient’s adult daughter went to the police and said she felt that a crime might have been committed.

The patient, John Shafer, was under long-term care for dementia and Parkinson’s disease and, according to the family, was far too weak and disoriented to have possibly assaulted the doctor in any way. Staff nurses also stated that Safer was never violent.

“All evidence suggests Dr. Seen’s account of what happened is not true,” the police investigator said. “For the doctor’s injury to have happened, Dr. Seen must have placed his tongue into Mr. Shafer’s mouth. There is no other way for it to have happened.”
We could make this stuff up, but thank God we don’t have to.

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