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Investigation to review treatment of senator's son

Published On: Nov 20 2013 07:27:13 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 20 2013 07:43:20 PM EST

We still don't know all of the circumstances that lead to the violent confrontation, but the tragic events in Bath County are raising questions about access to mental health services, and funding for critical programs in the state.


A Virginia official says an investigation has been opened into why the son of a state senator was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his dad and killed himself.

Douglas Bevelaqua is the head of the inspector general program for behavioral health in Virginia. He said Wednesday his office was looking into why Gus Deeds was reportedly released from Rockbridge Area Community Services. The center treats mental illness and substance abuse.

Police say Deeds stabbed his father, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, multiple times Tuesday.

Media outlets reported an emergency custody order was issued for Gus Deeds on Monday, but they have not said why.

State police say the sheriff's office responded to the senator's home Monday but also did not indicate why.