VALDOSTA, Georgia — Off with their heads!
A Georgia doctor named Marian Antoinette Patterson has been charged with allegedly threatening to slit the throats of her employees, police said.
In one case, Patterson allegedly yelled at an employee that she would “cut her head off and roll it down the hallway,” and would call the employee’s children so they could see it, WCTV-TV reported.
In the late February incident, cops say Patterson also flung a catalogue, prescription bottles and a reflex hammer across her Valdosta office, damaging a wall in the office. She also threw water on two employees and tried to throw a large potted plant.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s office said one employee told deputies that Patterson grabbed them by the arm and would not allow them to leave the office.
Investigators opened a probe and charged Patterson late last week with three counts of terroristic threats and one count of false imprisonment.
Patterson’s medical license was temporarily suspended on March 5, aft the Georgia medical board received reports that Patterson had been under the influence while at the practice on multiple occasions.
Sheriff Ashley Paulk called Patterson’s situation “unfortunate,” and said other issues in her life had contributed to her out-of-control behavior.
“It’s unfortunate, there’s some factors in her life that brought about some emotional problems I feel like,” Paulk told WALB. “I hope this is something she can put behind her, because she has a lot of patients, a lot of people that trust her as their doctor, and it’s just one of those things that I hope she can work through.”