An 83-year-old inhabitant of a Haverhill nursing home is facing a murder charge in association with the death of a fellow resident on Saturday night.
Haverhill police answered a report of an assaultive patient around 7:37 p.m. at the Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at 689 Main St., where officers discovered a 76-year-old man experiencing from injuries due to a physical assault.
The wounded man was brought to Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill, where he was later declared dead. The office did not recognize the victim.
Police convicted another resident, Jose Veguilla, 83, who was also brought to the same hospital for evaluation, the statement declared.
Veguilla is considered to be charged for murder on Monday at Haverhill District Court, according to Carrie Kimball, a representative for the district attorney’s office.
Timothy Brown, a spokesperson for the Farmington, Conn.-based Athena Health Care Systems, which owns the Haverhill facility, said in a statement Sunday that “the Oxford’s heart goes out to the families of those involved in last night’s incident.”
Staff at the Haverhill nursing home are helping Haverhill police and Massachusetts State Police throughout the inquiry, Brown told.
Brown said in the statement, “Based on our initial internal investigation, our staff acted quickly and appropriately in the matter. We are unable to comment further or provide additional details.”
The death of the patient took place after Attorney General Maura Healey stated in March that Athena Health Care allowed paying a $180,000 settlement following accusations that the Haverhill facility did not properly train staff to manage patients with histories of substance abuse disorder, Healey’s office stated in a statement at the moment.
The Haverhill nursing home also declined to have “sufficient policies or procedures” to treat residents with histories of substance abuse.
The attorney general’s office reported that Oxford did not possess naloxone available on-site during at least one event when a resident overdosed, Healey’s office proclaimed.
As part of the settlement, the nursing home allowed to pay for an independent compliance monitor that would oversee a three-year compliance program.
That purpose was to require annual training programs, updates to policies and procedures, and yearly audits that would be declared to Healey’s office, the attorney general’s statement said.