NJ nursing home row with 72-year-old kills man, 81

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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 9:47 PM
NJ nursing home row with 72-year-old kills man, 81

Authorities say an 81-year-old man has died after a fight with a 72-year-old fellow dementia patient at a New Jersey nursing home.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio says Andy Berthelot (BUR'-tuh-loh) died Friday at a hospital. An autopsy determined that he died of a brain hemorrhage, and his death was ruled a homicide.

DeFazio told The Jersey Journal that Berthelot picked up a TV Feb. 20 and tried to hit the other man with it. The other man then grabbed a plastic trash can and struck Berthelot in the head.

DeFazio says both men were dementia patients at Newport Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Jersey City.

The 72-year-old has been returned to the nursing home. His name wasn't released.

An investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

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Information from: The Jersey Journal, http://www.nj.com/jjournal