State: Pa. hospital didn't report suspected abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - August 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says Carlisle Regional Medical Center staff didn't report three cases of suspected abuse, including two involving children four or younger.

Hospital CEO John Kristel denies staff failed to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities. He blamed paperwork problems Wednesday for the discrepancy.

Kristel says the investigation started after a 17-year-old patient was told to go to another hospital because Carlisle Regional Medical Center didn't have a specialist available for her at the time. Kristel acknowledges the hospital didn't get the patient to sign the appropriate waiver.

Kristel says one of the cases involving the younger patients was reported, while there was no evidence of sexual abuse in the other case.

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