By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Halifax Regional Police have ruled the death of 91-year-old woman after a fight with another resident at a care facility in Clayton Park as a homicide.
Just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, officers were called to Evan Hall at Shannex’s Parkstone Enhanced Care at 156 Parkland Dr.
Heather Hanson, Shannex spokesperson, said a 74-year-old woman with dementia pushed a 91-year-old woman who fell and suffered injuries.
Police said the victim was taken to hospital and died on Sunday night.
An autopsy was conducted Monday and police announced Tuesday morning that the victim died of her injuries resulting from the fall, thus making it a homicide.
She has been identified as Joyce Renouf of Halifax.
Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said Tuesday investigators are now talking with the Crown about whether charges should be laid in the case. He said there are several factors being considered, including intent and the medical condition of both women.
“What I can tell you is no one is being arrested and no one is in custody,” he said.
Evan Hall is a 28-suite area on the third floor of Parkstone Enhanced Care, but Hanson said it is “separate and distinct” from other Parkstone operations. Clients of Evan Hall have dementia or Alzheimer’s and receive “full assistance with the activities of daily living.”