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Children’s doctor accused of sexual abuse removed from hospital's website

Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 18:17:22-05

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- The head doctor of a children’s hospital that is at the center of a Virginia State Police investigation has been removed from the official website of that facility, a place where he has served as the medical director for more than 20 years.

CBS 6 has discovered that references to Dr. Daniel Davidow have been removed from the official website of Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents.

Davidow served as the medical director at Cumberland Hospital since 1996, according to his professional LinkedIn page. But he has now been removed from the “staff” section of the Cumberland Hospital website.

A page-long message that had been attributed to him, titled “A Note From the Medical Director,” has been significantly shortened, with Davidow’s name removed from the bottom.

Earlier this month, CBS 6 reported that Davidow voluntarily requested a temporary leave of absence from the medical staff at Cumberland.

CBS 6 has been looking into complaints regarding Cumberland Hospital for the last six months, including sexual abuse accusations against Davidow.

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As CBS 6 first reported, state police have been investigating multiple allegations of abuse and neglect at that hospital since 2017.

Davidow currently faces no criminal charges.

As a part of the investigation, former Cumberland psychotherapist Herschel “Mickey” Harden was recently indicted, charged with two counts of object sexual penetration by force.

The 72-year-old is charged with two counts of object sexual penetration by force.

Investigators say the crimes happened in 2018 and 2019, and that the victim was a former female patient at Cumberland Hospital.

The Virginia Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case against Harden, who remains out on bond. He is due back in court next week.

CBS 6 reached out to a spokesperson for UHS, the company that owns the hospital, to inquire about Davidow’s name being removed from Cumberland’s website. She declined comment.