Officials investigate death at Milledgeville's Central State Hospital

MILLEDGEVILLE — State officials are investigating the death of a mental patient who was beaten and strangled in his room in the maximum security wing of Central State Hospital.

Authorities say the 39-year-old man died Sunday night after an altercation with another patient in the Cook Building, which houses patients referred by the courts.

Tom Davis, the agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Milledgeville, said Monday that he could not comment on a suspect or motive, or whether a weapon had been found. But Davis confirmed that the incident occurred in the dead man's room. He said there have been no arrests.

Death was attributed to asphyxia by strangulation, with a contributing factor of blunt force trauma.