Harvey hospital employee charged with battering juvenile

HARVEY (STMW) - An employee at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in south suburban Harvey has been charged with throwing and choking a juvenile patient last month.

Steven Pleasant, 46, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery, according to report provided by a spokesman for the city of Harvey.

On Jan. 25, Pleasant was working in the Gorman Center Behavior Unit at the hospital when he grabbed the juvenile by the arms and threw him across the room into a food court, according to the report. He then placed the victim into a chokehold, which lasted 18-25 seconds.

Pleasant became angry when the victim asked another staff member for juice, according to the report.

He was subsequently terminated from his job at the hospital, according to spokeswoman Kim Garrison, who declined to comment further.

Court information for Pleasant was not immediately available.

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