Elderly NJ man dies after nursing home fight

February 28, 2011 6:33:23 PM PST
Authorities say an 81-year-old man has died after a fight with a 72-year-old fellow patient at a New Jersey nursing home.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said Andy Berthelot died Friday at a Jersey City hospital. An autopsy determined he died of a brain hemorrhage, and the death was ruled a homicide.

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

DeFazio said 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 was not released.

DeFazio said an investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.


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