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Mar 22, 2016 2:29 PM

NH AG: Nursing home patient strangled, killed by another suffering from Alzheimer's

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MEREDITH - The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has identified a nursing home patient who died last Wednesday, ruling it a homicide.

READ: Meredith nursing home where AG's office is investigating a death issues statement

Investigators say Barbara Whittier, 82, was physically assaulted by a male patient, Donald Sleeper, 87, inside her room at the Golden View Health Care Center.

An autopsy report shows that Whittier died of a hypertensive and coronary heart disease with a contributing cause of attempted strangulation.

Sleeper has severe Alzheimer’s dementia, officials said, and he was moved to another facility after the incident.

Officials are calling her death a homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

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