Nursing Home Found Not Negligent In Murder Of 100-Year-Old Woman

By Kathy Curran, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s another heartbreaking blow for the family of Elizabeth Barrow after a horrible crime. “My mother’s been murdered, the murderer’s not accountable and the caregiver’s not accountable,” says her son Scott Barrow.

The 100-year-old was strangled and suffocated, found with a bag on her head allegedly at the hands of her 98-year-old roommate at Dartmouth’s Brandon Wood’s nursing home back in 2009. Her family filed a wrongful death suit claiming the nursing home and staff didn’t do enough to protect Barrow but an arbitrator ruled they’re not negligent. Barrow’s lawyer, David Hoey says, “We’re shocked, the nursing home’s own documents show Lundquist was a harm to herself and others, it’s right there in black and white.”

Scott says in the hours leading up to his mother’s death, Laura Lundquist had several violent episodes. The staff here left her in the room with his mother and never let him know there was a problem. Barrow is haunted every night, “The thing that wakes me up at night is thinking that if I had been called I would have taken her home.”

Hoey says, “An altercation came up against staff members we believe it was addressed towards Betty Barrow by Lundquist. They were not separated, no physician was contacted, the RN for the building was not contacted. Lundquist was just put back to bed with instructions not to work herself up into a frenzy..”

By morning Elizabeth Barrow was dead but no one will be held responsible for her murder. Scott Barrow adds, “It’s a series of errors all of which were preventable that led to my mother’s death.”

The COO for Brandon Woods would not comment on the outcome of the case. The Barrow family is filing an appeal.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Joan Hogan says:

    This Situation Is Very Tragic . The Nursing Home staff Should Have requested a
    Medical Doctor Commit The Violent Patient. I think DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE by THE
    Nursing Home Staff Should be Filed In Both Civil And Criminal Court.

  2. betty b says:

    The justice system needs to hold Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes accountable for their sub-standard care. The horror stories are growing daily yet no one is held accountable. I just read a caregiver, who was taped beating a residet, get off. We treat our pets better than our elderly.

  3. Saul Gruber says:

    OUtrageous, why can’t our society care for otthers anymore? I don’t understand why a jury would not be able to hear this, it’s obvious “arbitration” does not work.

    Can’t imagine what it woudol take for this place to be responsible! who would keeep their family there??

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