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Police look for man who escaped hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross man escaped from Gwinnett Medical Center on Tuesday, where he was being treated for self-inflicted injuries following his arrest on a battery charge.

Police used a helicopter and tracking dogs throughout the afternoon to scour the area surrounding the hospital for 35-year-old Todd Morgan, but they were unable to locate him.

Morgan had been arrested earlier in the day on a charge of battery. The details of his arrest were not immediately available Tuesday. Prior to being transported to the county jail, Morgan was hospitalized for a self-inflicted gash to his head and scratches on his back and chest, said Cpl. R.D. Work, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"The individual took his own head and beat himself against the wall in an attempt to make it look like the other party did it to him," Work said.

Morgan fled from the emergency room on foot and disappeared somewhere on the hospital grounds, Work said.

Morgan has been arrested twice before - once in Gwinnett and once in DeKalb County - for family violence battery and simple assault involving the same woman, court records show. Police did not release the name of the victim from Tuesday's incident by press time.

He was last seen wearing khaki cargo pants, a light blue shirt and brown hiking boots. Morgan is a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Police believe he may be heading back to his house at 5197 Falconwood Court. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300.