Post mortem examination inconclusive on woman who died after care home assault

May Miller, 95, was assaulted in her room at Beech House care home by another resident with a metal

May Miller, 95, was assaulted in her room at Beech House care home by another resident with a metal walking stick. Photo: Bonita Dickman - Credit: Archant

An investigation into the death of a 95-year-old woman who died after a care home assault will continue after a post mortem examination proved inconclusive.

May Miller died on Sunday, February 16, a week after she was assaulted at Beech House care home by another resident.

Police officers were called to the care home on February 9 following reports of assault, and assisted Mrs Miller who had been beaten with a metal walking stick by another resident, believed to have dementia.

Mrs Miller was hospitalised following the assault, which left her with fluid on her lungs, coughing up blood, and with a chest infection, her family say.

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However Suffolk Constabulary have confirmed investigations into her death will continue after a Home Office post mortem examination was not able to determine the cause of death.

"Police can confirm that a Home Office post mortem conducted on a 95 year old woman who died after an incident in Halesworth proved inconclusive," a spokesperson for the police said.

"Officers were called to a business premises in Halesworth on 9 February following reports of an assault. The victim was treated in hospital and sadly died a week later. The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.

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"Further investigations and tests will now be conducted."