MARIETTA, Ga. - Police say a man is in jail after beating up
at least five people at Kennestone Hospital without being provoked.
Cobb County police say those attacks happened in the emergency room.
Police told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt the man got upset because someone said he killed his family.
Shannon Hill says her son made a late-night trip to Kennestone's ER because his son, Kaiden, had a serious ear infection. While filling out paperwork, Jason Haynes was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious as his two kids watched.
"This guy came out of nowhere. (My son) is just struggling right now to even realize exactly what happened and he's pretty messed up," said Hill.
Witnesses say after knocking out
Haynes, the 6-foot-tall, 220-pound attacker went after others in the emergency room, leaving at least four others hurt.
Police arrested 31-year-old Chase Moses. He had no explanation for his ER rampage other than to tell a Marietta police officer that someone had made a comment about killing his family. But police say hospital video shows Moses had no interaction with any of the victims before he started
Haynes, the first attacked, suffered the worst of it.
"He's got to have surgery on his jaw. It’s broke in four places; he's got four teeth that are knocked out. He's got bleeding on the brain. How in the world was there nothing, no help for my son, when his children had to pull him across the floor to get him protected?” said Hill.
The wife of Moses told Channel 2 Action News she's very apologetic for the pain her husband caused.
She said he has mental health problems and hasn't been right the last couple weeks after an illness and the wrong mix of meds.
"I want to reach out to the family and say I'm so sorry," she said.
Moses's wife says he suffers from schizophrenia, paranoia and other behavioral disorders.
She had dropped him off at another hospital in North Fulton, where she says he was denied care and may have been confused.
"Let them know he had mental health issues, that he need his medication. If they gave it to him I'm not sure. That could be another reason he was so unstable," she said.
Moses is being held at Cobb County Jail on several charges, including aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Records show he has a long list of arrests across metro Atlanta.