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Mother of slain UT student Harrison Brown sues Kendrex White, medical caregivers

Austin American-Statesman - 5/3/2019

May 03-- May 3--The mother of a University of Texas student who was stabbed and killed on campus has filed a lawsuit against a group of health care providers that treated the stabber's mental illness in the months before the attack.

Lori Brown, whose son Harrison Brown died May 1, 2017, claims the doctors and their employers did not adequately assess the dangers posed by Kendrex White, despite signs of psychotic disturbance.

The filing in state district court in Travis County came on the day before the two-year anniversary of his death.

The suit also names the parents of White, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in Harrison's death in December and is now in a state psychiatric hospital.

"The wrongful death of Harrison Brown should never have occurred," the 43-page suit said. "And because Kendrex's condition was known to each of the defendants in the weeks leading up to Harrison's death, and given the special relationship they had with him, they share in that civil liability."

The suit names four doctors in Austin and Killeen who treated White for mental health issues in the weeks before the stabbing attack and two health care providers, including Ascension Seton, which operated University Medical Center Brackenridge at the time.

Among other claims, they are accused of not properly evaluating and treating White's mental illnesses, which the suit included his belief that he was Jesus Christ.

"He heard voices of several people, some of which he had named, and most of which were negative and berating: telling him to die, that he's not worth living, that there is no hope...And despite all of these conditions, Kendrex was released, left unsupervised and allowed to have access to weapons such as a Bowie knife he used in his psychotic attack," the suit said.

Brown, a freshman from Graham, had just completed a workout and was outside Gregory Gym on the UT campus when he was fatally stabbed. Several other students were injured but have recovered.

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