Georgia doctor arrested after allegedly threatening to slit employee's throat and roll head 'down a hallway'
According to a license suspension order, Patterson allegedly yelled expletives at her employees and even threatened to "slit their throats."
A female doctor in Georgia was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly threatened violence against her employees, according to reports.
Police officials were called to Dr. Marian Antoinette Patterson's family medical practice facility in Valdosta, Georgia in February after receiving calls of disturbance against the doctor. According to a license suspension order, Patterson allegedly yelled expletives at her employees and even threatened to "slit their throats," ABC reported.
The doctors is also accused of telling one her employees that she would "cut her" from her "throat to private parts" and reportedly told another of her staff members that she would cut off their head and "roll it down a hallway."
The suspension order, filed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB), also stated that she told the employees that she will call their children to watch the entire episode.
Reports state that Patterson also acted aggressively towards her employees and even grabbed one of them by the arm and refused to allow the rest of the staffers to leave the office premises. The suspension documents stated that Patterson also threw multiple items at her employees including a reflex hammer and pulled her "diploma off the wall, threw it on the floor and stomped on it."
Lowndes County officers said that Patterson's employees told them that the doctor could have been "under the influence" at the time of the incident. The documents added that she has been suspected of arriving at her practice in an inebriated state on more than one occasion.
Shortly after the incident, the GCMB ruled that Patterson's practice posed a "threat to the public health, safety, and welfare, and imperatively requires emergency action." She had gained her medical license a year after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995.
Patterson had no disciplinary citations or allegations of misconduct on her record before the February incident. Patterson reportedly turned herself into the Lowndes County Jail on three counts of terrorist threats and one count of false imprisonment on Thursday.