Hospital employee: "ESH is becoming very dangerous" - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hospital employee: "ESH is becoming very dangerous"

Phillip A. Paul, an Eastern State Hospital patient committed for murder, escaped from a trip to the Spokane Co. Fair and is still missing. Phillip A. Paul, an Eastern State Hospital patient committed for murder, escaped from a trip to the Spokane Co. Fair and is still missing.

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - An Eastern State Hospital employee tells KHQ in an exclusive off-camera interview that all 31 patients who went on the trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair were criminally insane. 

Washington state law (RCW 10.77.010) defines a criminally insane person as "any person who has been acquitted of a crime charged by reason of insanity, and thereupon found to be a substantial danger to other persons or to present a substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts jeopardizing public safety or security unless kept under further control by the court or other persons or institutions."

In addition to the killer who escaped from the field trip group, that source also says a second patient escaped from the hospital on Thursday and has not been located.

In an exclusive e-mail obtained by KHQ, the employee said, "ESH is becoming very dangerous."

According to KHQ's source, staff members at ESH are routinely injured while on the job.  The employee says one staff member suffered a brain injury after being slammed against a wall by a patient.

ESH administrators have refused KHQ's requests for an interview.

To read complete coverage of the escape of committed murderer Phillip A. Paul from a hospital-chaperoned trip to the fair, click here.

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