BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Broward County medical examiner’s office is classifying the deaths of 12 patients at a Hollywood nursing home as homicides, NBC 6 reports.
The patients died in September after Hurricane Irma knocked out power at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
Officials ruled the manner of death as a homicide with the cause of death attributed to environmental heat exposure, according to a release from Hollywood Police.
In a letter to Congress, the nursing home’s legal representation said the staff followed proper protocols and had been closely monitoring the patients, none of which exhibited any sign of heat exhaustion. He added that temperature inside the facility never exceeded 81 degrees, which was within standards, NBC 6 reports.
“The onset of heat stroke is impossible to predict and can occur in 10 to 15 minutes,” he said.
Information on deceased:
- Carolyn Eatherly, DOB 8-13-39
- Gail Nova, DOB 2-22-46
- Estella Hendricks, DOB1-4-46
- Bobby Owens, DOB 5-16-33
- Miguel Franco, DOB 9-5-25
- Manuel Mendieta, DOB 8-26-21
- Albertina Vega, DOB 10-10-17
- Betty Hibbard, DOB 1-11-33
- Carlos Canal, DOB 11-4-23
- Martha Murray, DOB 1-10-23
- Alice Thomas, DOB 2-27-23
- Dolores Biamonte, DOB 2-25-60
- Cecilia Franco, DOB 4-2-27
- Francesca Andrade, DOB 12-7-21
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