Virginia state senator stabbed by son released from hospital

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Senator Creigh Deeds(CNN) — Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning, according to Eric Swensen, a spokesman for the University of Virginia Health Systems.

Deeds’ release comes three days after he was stabbed more than 10 times in the head and neck by his son, who later committed suicide.

“I am alive so must live. Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me,” Deeds tweeted late Friday morning.

Deeds’ son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, was taken to a local hospital the day before the incident under an emergency custody order for an evaluation by mental health professionals, a police source confirmed.

However, Deeds’ son was released because no psychiatric bed could be found for him across a wide area of western Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The following morning, Deeds was stabbed at his home during a fight with his 24-year-old son, who then shot himself with a rifle, according to autopsy results state police disclosed Wednesday.

Deeds, 55, is well known in Virginia political circles. A Democrat, he ran unsuccesfully for attorney general in 2005 and for governor in 2009, both times against Republican Bob McDonnell, who is now Virginia’s governor.

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