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State investigating Gus Deeds' release after mental evaluation

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Virginia Office of the Inspector General has launched an investigation into the release of Sen. Creigh Deeds' son following a mental evaluation Monday.

The investigation is just now getting underway and there is no timeline for completion. It will be headed by Doug Bevelacqua, who used to be the Inspector General for the state's department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services.

Bevelacqua wrote a scathing report in 2011 in connection with the downsizing of Eastern State Hospital. The three-month study found 72 people who were at risk to harm themselves or others were not hospitalized because no facility would admit them.

Click here to read the 2011 report: http://www.oig.virginia.gov/documents/SS-EmergencySvcsReview206-11.pdf

Austin "Gus" Deeds reportedly underwent a mental health evaluation the day before he was found dead of a gunshot wound and his father, Senator Creigh Deeds, was stabbed. State Police is leaning towards attempted murder-suicide in their investigation.

Senator Deeds is now in good condition recovering from the multiple stabbed multiple times to his head and chest suffered at his Bath County home.

Among the questions is a report from the Times-Dispatch that Gus Deeds underwent a psychiatric evaluation on Monday and was recommended for emergency custody, an order that could've forced the young man to be held from 4 to 72 hours; however, there was nowhere to place him. He was eventually released.

State Police refused to comment on the report and officials Rockbridge Area Community Services, which was the source of the Times-Dispatch story, said they could not confirm the information in the paper's story.

"While we understand the nature of the questions, we also respect the family's privacy.  First of all, we want to express our sadness and deepest sympathy for the Deeds family," said the agency in a prepared statement.

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