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North Texas man says he can't leave hospital

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A North Texas man says he can't get out of a local hospital.

But what's happening may involve Adult Protective Services, and no one may be able to help him now.

Richardson Methodist Hospital is, for now, the home of a man named Charlie Fink.

"I checked in Friday morning about 5:45 to have surgery," said Fink.

Kenny McIntosh and his wife, Debra, look after Fink, who's their neighbor. Kenny says he believes Fink is being held at this hospital without his will.

"Charlie Fink's my friend," said Kenny. "He's an 85- year-old man that doesn't have any family, and I feel like he's getting preyed on by a few certain people."

In a statement, the hospital said, "Mr. Fink is being cared for at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Due to patient privacy laws, we cannot disclose any information about this patient."

"If I was Charlie Fink, Jr., I could have went right up in there and brought my dad home," said Kenny.

But Kenny isn't and can't.

Kenny contacted FOX 4 about Fink, and Wednesday, Fink called us. He said he thought he was going home Monday.

"Now here it is, Wednesday, and I'm still here," said Fink. "No, I stand corrected. They put me in a mental institution Monday night."

Kenny says a frustrated Fink called him Monday.

"He called me and said, ‘I haven't left yet; Adult Protective Services lady came in here and told me I wasn't never coming home,'" said Kenny.

Fink's 82-year-old wife was taken by Adult Protective Services earlier this month after someone called the group, concerned Fink could no longer care for her.

Fink's attorney says he doesn't know why Fink is still in the hospital and believes Fink is there involuntarily.

The attorney also says someone must have said something to cause the hospital to want to keep Fink.

"I want out of here, Mr. Rabb," Fink said to FOX 4's Shaun Rabb via phone. "So bad I can taste it."

The McIntoshes realize that may not happen. They feel someone called APS about Fink and wonder if they will ever see him again.

Fink says he has no mental health issues or dementia.

FOX 4 contacted Adult Protective Services. The agency said that it would not discuss anything concerning Fink.

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