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Two charged with attempted murder at Larned State Hospital
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Andres Gustavo Barrientos

LARNED — On Tuesday, Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett filed felony charges against two individuals in association with patient-on-patient attacks that occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 22 at the Isaac Ray Building on the campus of Larned State Hospital.

“Two patients sustained great bodily harm requiring transport to outside medical facilities,” McNett stated in a news release. He added that one patient’s injuries were “life-threatening at the time due to severe head trauma.”

Anthony Ruiz-Hernandez, 22 of Topeka, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and one count of aggravated battery. Hernandez is currently being housed on local charges in the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center. His first appearance in Pawnee County District Court has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on December 19.

Andres Gustavo Barrientos, 24 of Leavenworth, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery. Barrientos is currently being housed on local charges in the Leavenworth County Jail. His first appearance has been scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on December 13.

The criminal investigation of the incident was conducted by Special Investigator Kevin Stegman with the LSH Safety and Security Department. All individuals involved were at LSH at the time for forensic evaluations related to out-of-county criminal charges.

The last incident at LSH resulting in criminal charges associated with the death of a patient occurred March 13, 2007. A jury later returned a verdict against Daniel T. Cook of aggravated battery – great bodily harm in association with that incident. Cook argued self-defense.

It is the practice of the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office not to release the names of victims.

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Anthony Ruiz-Hernandez