In November 2022, Grand Jury indicted a former medical director of a children’s hospital in a sexual abuse case. Let’s explore the details of the court records with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.
Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents in New Kent County treats young patients for chronic illnesses, brain injuries, neurobehavioral disorders, and other complex medical illnesses.
Investigations into the facility revealed serious negligence and operating on patients without proper licensing.
During the investigation, the Virginia State Police discovered the heinous acts carried out by Dr. Daniel N. Davidow of Richmond, a former longtime employee at the Virginia hospital.
The lawsuits filed by the patients’ parents allege that Dr. Davidow sexually abused former female patients during the medical examination.
Kevin Biniazan, the lawyer representing the two victims, confirmed that the accused doctor’s indictment was connected to the allegations levied against him by their clients.
Biniazan hoped that the indictment would provide some closure to the abused victims as they continuously suffered emotional harm and received threats not to come forward.
The court documents offer more detail about the indictment, revealing that the doctor took advantage of a young patient’s mental incapacity and abused her during visitations.
Although the indictment does not mention details about the child abuse, both the victims accused the doctor of abusing them during an invasive physical exam.
Dr. Daniel N. Davidow graduated from Georgia Regents University medical school and served as a medical director at the Cumberland Hospital for over 20 years.
Cumberland Hospital fired him in 2020 after a CBS 6 investigative report accused him of sexual and child abuse.
According to the Virginia State Police spokesperson, the police have Dr. Davidow in their custody without bond as he faces two counts of aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration; both considered a felony under the state’s criminal law.
The chief clinical officer for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services had previously filed a complaint against Dr. Davidow and stated that he should lose his license for such malicious acts.
In the past two years, 47 former patients filed a lawsuit against Universal Health Services (parent company of Cumberland Hospital) and the hospital members seeking $388 million in damages.
Out of the 47, 38 former patients alleged that Dr. Davidow sexually abused them during physical examination.
One of the lawsuits accused the doctor of touching minor patients’ intimate body parts after stating that he needed to check their femoral pulse.
According to Biniazan, the doctor never checked male patients’ femoral pulse or those assisted by their parents. He only proceeded with such “medical checks” for minor female patients when there wasn’t parental supervision in the room.
He would take advantage of the patient’s physical helplessness to please himself.
A teen abused by the doctor, RH, came forward to tell her story. She spoke to the media about how she was in and out of foster care before falling victim to a sex trafficking ring.
In 2017, RH was placed in Greensboro, North Carolina group home, where they recommended Cumberland Hospital for treatment for her seizures, PTSD, and anxiety.
According to RH, the Department of Social Services took her to Cumberland Hospital in 2018, where she met Dr. Davidow. During the first session, the vile doctor asked to examine her breasts and started to massage them, with the nurse comforting RH, stating that it was part of the medical routine.
The doctor told RH that he would examine her pulse near her private area but instead inserted three fingers inside her genitals, similar to all the allegations against the doctor by his former patients.
Although T. Scott Renick, the commonwealth’s attorney, is handling the case, Attorney General Jason Miyares offered help if required.
Mark Herring, the previous attorney general, took action against two staff members at the flagged Virginia hospital, a 72-year-old psychotherapist and a behavioral technician.
The psychotherapist, Herschel “Mickey” Harden, also worked with RH and would sexually abuse her. Several footages taken from a drone shows Cumberland Hospital as a detention center, with a lack of windows and an almost eerie environment.
According to RH, Harden would lock the door, close the blinds, and put his hand over her mouth so that her voice won’t go out.
RH stated that Harden threatened to keep her at the hospital longer by using his influence as a retired General Colonel.
After a year of abuse, when the hospital discharged RH, Mickey stayed in contact with her until she brought a case against him. Harden committed suicide in February 2021, a day before his appearance in court.
Stacey Burrell, the behavioral technician, pled no contest in court for intentionally burning one of the juvenile patients with boiling water.
In exchange for her plea, the prosecutors reduced the sentence from a felony malicious wounding to felony unlawful wounding, leading to 5 years imprisonment.
Sexual abuse at hospitals and the workplace is a serious problem, with 1 out of 6 becoming victims of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. According to RAINN, every 68 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted, and the prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported.
Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can have long-term consequences on a child’s life. Parents must report the crime and reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help protect your child’s rights and ensure they receive the justice they deserve.
Contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation with our experienced attorneys to discuss the case and know your legal options.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.