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Man who gouged out woman’s eyes committed to Nashville mental health hospital

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A Tennessee man who viciously stabbed a woman and gouged both her eyes out in a domestic violence incident two years ago was committed by a court to a mental health hospital in Nashville Wednesday.

On July 11, Michael Deshun Roberson, 47, of Chattanooga, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in Hamilton County Criminal Court in connection to the Sept. 27, 2017, attack on Tinesia Davenport, the mother of his child.

During the brutal assault, authorities said, Roberson stabbed Davenport multiple times and then gouged out her eyes with his fingers. He was later arrested by the Chattanooga Police Department and charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

After the court found him not guilty by reason of insanity this summer, Roberson was kept in custody pending a review by two psychologists, said Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Bruce Garner.

On Wednesday, in Judge Don Poole’s courtroom, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Coyle said after reviewing the evaluations from the psychologists, he recommended Roberson be committed to involuntary treatment in a secure facility.

The judge agreed, said it was clear to him Roberson presented a danger to the public and ordered Roberson be committed to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Poole also said Roberson was not eligible for release from the hospital without a hearing and the court’s permission.

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