WA facility blamed for woman freezing to death

WA facility blamed for woman freezing to death

WA facility blamed for woman freezing to death

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 5:03 PM

LONGVIEW, Wash. --The care facility where a Longview woman froze to death in the middle of the night has had its license revoked, according to the Longview Daily News.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has revoked the license of the Canterbury Garden Alzheimer’s Care home, but the facility remains open while the decision is on appeal.

Norma Jeannette Sheldon, 88, was found frozen to death after 1 a.m. on Dec. 5 in a courtyard at Canterbury Gardens that was only accessible from inside the building.

An autopsy found the cause of death was hypothermia and the coroner's office determined it was an accident, said Sgt. Reeves of the Longview Police Dept.

Staff members found the woman in the courtyard and could not revive her. They said she was in the facility because she suffered from dementia.

According to the Daily News, a state report faulted the staff for not checking to make sure that locks and door alarms were working properly.

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