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Mother reacts after man charged with taking inappropriate photos of her daughter

Raven Johnson is thankful her daughter had the courage to tell her about what happened and is hopeful other children in similar situations will also let someone know. (Photo source: WLOX) Raven Johnson is thankful her daughter had the courage to tell her about what happened and is hopeful other children in similar situations will also let someone know. (Photo source: WLOX)
Travis James McMurray (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) Travis James McMurray (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A former employee of Memorial Behavioral Health in Gulfport is facing charges of secretly taking inappropriate photographs of patients.

Gulfport police say Travis James McMurray, 29, of Gulfport was arrested this week after he was accused of taking a picture of a child while she was showering at the treatment facility. While investigating, police identified two more children they believe were victimized by McMurray.

Raven Johnson is the mother of one of those alleged victims. Johnson said she immediately called the medical facility and police after learning what happened. 

"This is a parent's worst nightmare," Johnson said. 

It all started when Johnson's six-year-old daughter told her about a man walking in on her. 

"She said, 'Well, when I was getting out of the shower a man took a picture of me. He walked in and told me to turn around and he took a picture of my fanny,'" Johnson recalled.

She said it happened while her daughter was staying at the Memorial Behavioral Health Center, and now she'll always be on guard. 

"If I go to a regular hospital or anything, I'm going to be scared to leave her there if she gets sick because this might happen," Johnson said. "You just have to know that your child is never safe."

The suspect, Travis James McMurray, worked at Memorial Behavioral Health at the time of the alleged incident. 

Johnson is thankful her daughter had the courage to tell her about what happened and is hopeful other children in similar situations will also let someone know. 

"That's one thing that I want my daughter to know is that she did the best thing," said Johnson. "She did a great job because she is saving a lot of kids that this could have happened to."

Memorial Behavioral Health officials said they first became aware of the situation involving one patient Wednesday and immediately reported McMurray to Gulfport police, the State Attorney General's Office, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Hospital management said McMurray has been terminated. ?

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