EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMATTHEW PIKE DEATH
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Family Wants Answers About Patient's Death
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jan. 27, 2012 4:01 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 6:14 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
"Angry, outraged," says Penny Pike, as she talks about how she feels about the investigation into what happened to her son, Matthew Pike. She's part of a small crowd with a big message that gathered Friday morning.
Matthew's uncle, Mark Pike, says, "You don't know what goes on behind these walls up here," as he stands in front of the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman hospital along Norway Avenue in Huntington. 29-year-old Matthew Pike died there on December 28th. We know that two employees were present, and there is surveillance video of what happened, but so far, that's about it.
Mark Pike says, "It's been a month, and nobody has told us anything about his death, and we're just getting tired of waiting."
That's why Matthew's mom, uncle and cousin stood out and held signs to rally support for their family Friday. "To get answers. Get the truth. Justice. I want judgement done for him and for me both, "says Penny Pike.
Mark Pike says, "I feel like we're going like a ball bouncing back and forth on a wall here, so we're hoping today that we'll come out here, and somebody will give us an answer about what's going on."
Matthew Pike was mentally challenged and autistic, and stayed at a facility in Weston for about eight years until moving to this hospital a few months ago. He was committed after setting fire to his Huntington home in 2002 with his mother inside, but Penny Pike remembers all the good things about her son. She says, "He was nice, he loved paint, he loved music. He loved to help people out."
Mark Pike says they won't give up. "We're not going to forget this. If it takes once a week to come out here and visit us on a Friday, we'll do it, till we get an answer."
A spokesperson with WV DHHR says the investigation is ongoing, but could not comment further.
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