Reported ‘walking stick assault’ results in death of woman in her 90s


A reported assault on a care home resident with a walking stick has resulted in the death of a woman in her 90s.

Taking place at Beech House residential home in Halesworth, Suffolk earlier this month, May Miller was left with a bleed on her brains.

The BBC reported on how she was taken to hospital but died a week later.

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It said police are treating her death as “unexplained”.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “The cause of death will be established by a Home Office post-mortem, which is to be conducted this week.”

While the Partnership in Care, which runs Beech House, said it was “extremely saddened and shocked by this tragedy.”

In a statement, it said: “The safety of everyone within our home is of paramount importance to us and we would like to offer our reassurances to staff, residents and their families that we are fully supportive of the ongoing investigation.”

Giving its reaction, the CQC said it was “aware of an incident” at Beech House but could not comment further because of the police investigation.

The BBC report also explained how home managers has met with officials from the county council to ensure safeguarding procedures are in place.

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