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No charges laid after police probe of nursing home death

Halifax Regional Police say no charges will be laid in the homicideinvestigation of a 92-year-old woman who was living at a local nursinghome.

Halifax Regional Police say no charges will be laid in the homicide investigation of a 92-year-old woman who was living at a local nursing home.


A police release issued today said the HRP-RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit have completed their investigation and determined, “in consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, that charges will not be laid in this case.”


On Feb. 5, police received a call about the sudden death of a woman at Shannex Arborstone Enhanced Care Nursing Home on Purcells Cove Rd. The province’s Medical Examiner determined the death was a homicide and contacted police.


An autopsy concluded, according to a police release issued on Feb. 8, the woman died from “complications relating to injuries received during an incident with another resident on Jan. 7.”


Police were trying to determine if anyone was criminally responsible in the death.


A statement from the nursing home regarding the death on Feb. 8 said the victim suffered injuries after falling because another female resident pushed her in the dementia wing of the building. Neither woman had a history of aggressive behavior, the statement read.


The victim was sent to hospital after the altercation then returned to Arborstone two weeks later.


“We investigated the incident fully at the time of the occurrence and determined that the cause of the fall was unpredictable and not something staff could have prevented,” the statement read.

 
 
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