VALDOSTA, Ga. — A doctor accused of threatening her staff and patients turned herself in to the Lowndes County Jail Thursday, according to Sheriff Ashley Paulk.
Marian Antoinette Patterson, a family medicine specialist in Valdosta, has been charged with three counts of terroristic threats and one count of false imprisonment, according to a statement from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on bond, the statement says.
On Feb. 21, Patterson yelled at employees in her office and repeatedly threatened to “slit their throats,” told one woman she was going to “cut her” from her “throat to her private parts,” and threatened to cut another employee’s head off, roll it down a hallway and “call the employee’s children so that they could see it,” according to a license suspension order from the Georgia Composite Medical Board.
Patterson also threatened to slit the throats of patients, kill an employee if she called police, cursed, threw water on workers, damaged a wall with a reflex hammer, repeatedly kicked a wall and held an employee by the arm and refused to let them leave, the order says.
Also, the medical board had been advised that she appeared to be “under the influence” at the practice more than once, according to the order.
Deputies responded to the disturbance, according to the sheriff’s office.
The board suspended Patterson’s license March 5, saying her continued practice “poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare.”
She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 and had been licensed to practice since 1996, according to medical board records.
The board’s database shows no previous disciplinary moves or malpractice court judgements against Patterson.
She had staff privileges at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, according to the board.