State police arrest 3 Sunmount workers over incident with resident

The main Sunmount facility, a state institution for developmentally disabled, is home to more than 100 residents and is a major economic and social force in Tupper Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

TUPPER LAKE — New York State Police on Saturday arrested three Sunmount employees, all Tupper Lake residents, saying two of them fought with a resident in November and that the third worker lied about it.

Sunmount, a residential network based in a former veterans hospital in Tupper Lake, is part of the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

State police issued the following press release Monday:

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On December 16, 2017, State Police arrested three subjects following an investigation of harassment to a consumer at the OPWDD Sunmount Facility in Tupper Lake.

On November 03, 2017, at approximately 8:45 a.m., State Police responded to a report of abuse to a consumer involving staff members Barbara Botala, 56, Joshua D. Beitter, 35, and Magnus S. Stalhammar, 44, all of Tupper Lake.

Beitter and Stalhammar engaged in an altercation with the 26-year-old male consumer. When interviewed, Botala gave State Police a false statement in regard to witnessing the incident.

The consumer sustained minor injuries consisting of bruising and minor abrasions.

Beitter and Stalhammar were both charged with Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person 2nd degree, and Attempted Assault 3rd degree. Botala was charged with Making a False Written Statement.

All three suspects were released with appearance tickets returnable to the Tupper Lake Town Court on December 20, 2017, at 5 p.m.

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The Enterprise is working to report more information about this story soon.

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