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Security Lapses Prompt D.C. Psychiatric Hospital To Fire Guard

A guard has been fired from a District hospital that cares for criminally insane patients, following concerns about security lapses after three incidents so far this year.

The third patient to walk out of St. Elizabeths Hospital was a woman who drowned her 6-year-old son in a bathtub after tying him up with duct tape in 2005. Julia Barber left the hospital grounds Saturday without being challenged by security and returned Sunday night on her own. It's not clear what she did or where she went.

Barber is the third patient to leave St. Elizabeths without permission. In February, a man charged with aggravated assault went on the lam for a week and that same month another patient who had voluntarily committed himself left the hospital without going through discharge procedures and he was found dead under a snowbank.

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