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Cops: 1 patient killed another at NYC psych center

NEW YORK - Police say a patient at a New York City psychiatric center has been charged with killing another patient inside the facility.

Bronx Psychiatric Center

The New York Police Department said Saturday that 19-year-old Brett Smith of the Bronx has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police say Smith was arrested after 51-year-old Leon Little was found unconscious inside the Bronx Psychiatric Center shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.

Police say officers responding to a 911 call found Little unconscious and unresponsive with abrasions on his throat. He was pronounced dead at the center by emergency medical service workers.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Smith had a lawyer.

The Bronx Psychiatric Center didn't immediately return a message for comment Saturday.

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