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12 of 14 Nursing Home Deaths After Irma Ruled Homicides

  • Associated Press

FILE - Police officers talk to an employee at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., Sept. 13, 2017. In the days after Hurricane Irma struck, eight residents died, and six more died over the following weeks. Two deaths were found to not be related to the facility's loss of power or air conditioning.

Authorities say the deaths of 12 of the 14 Florida nursing home patients who died after Hurricane Irma have been ruled homicides.

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida said autopsy results from the Broward County medical examiner's office were released Wednesday.

No arrests have been made. Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said the investigation would continue and part of that would be determining who should be charged.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost the use of its air conditioner on September 10, shortly after Irma slammed into Florida. On September 13, eight residents died and the others were evacuated from the sweltering facility. Six more died over the following weeks, though two deaths were found to not be related to the lack of power or air conditioning.

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