Springfield man accused of threatening hospital pleads insanity

A Springfield man who allegedly threatened to blow up Springfield Regional Medical Center days after the Dayton shooting has entered a new plea in the case.

Clint Kiser, 56, is charged in Clark County Common Pleas Court with making a terroristic threat. He originally pleaded not guilty in the case, but entered a new plea of not guilty by reason of insanity last week.

Along with the new plea, Kiser is asking the court to examine whether he is competent to stand trial and help in his own defense.

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Kiser is currently an inmate in the Clark County Jail, according to jail records.

Springfield police began their investigation Aug. 7 when they were called to a home where Kiser told them he needed to go to Springfield Regional Medical Center because he was feeling suicidal. Officers transported Kiser to the hospital, an affidavit filed with the charges says, and dropped him off.

However, on Aug. 8 officers were called back to the hospital where staff said Kiser made threats.

“Officers made contact with hospital security and stated that Mr. Kiser was treated and released and refused to leave because he was unhappy with care,” the affidavit says. “(The employee) stated that Mr. Kiser threw a pen at a nurse. (The employee) stated that Mr. Kiser was complaining that he had no ride and continued to be belligerent, throwing his paperwork across the floor.”

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The staff member said Kiser was informed that he needed to leave, and that’s when he told staff he would come back to the hospital and “bomb it.”

“And further stated that ‘this would be another Dayton, Ohio massacre.’”

The affidavit says security removed the man from the property and then made contact with police. Kiser was contacted by police and arrested shortly after, the affidavit says. A next court date in the case has not been set.

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