NYPD: 86-year-old dies inside Brooklyn hospital during fight over COVID-19 protocol

An elderly woman is dead after being shoved to the ground inside NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and News 12 is told it may have stemmed from fears over COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Mar 30, 2020, 9:52 AM

Updated 1,517 days ago

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An elderly woman is dead after being shoved to the ground inside NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and News 12 is told it may have stemmed from fears over COVID-19.

The NYPD was called to the scene late Saturday night and was told the victim had been shoved to the ground by a woman who allegedly felt the 86-year-old victim wasn’t following safe social distancing protocols.
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Police tell News 12 the 86-year-old and her 32-year-old attacker were both patients at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull. Around 2 p.m. investigators say it appears the 32-year-old got upset with the 86-year-old and shoved her to the ground, causing the elderly woman to hit her head on the ground and lose consciousness.
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She was pronounced dead a short time later, and the incident was reported to the NYPD. 
News 12 is told hospital police were involved, but it’s not clear at this point if they questioned the 32-year-old, who is not in custody, but is being looked for by the NYPD. The 32-year-old is expected to be charged in connection to the assault, but could face higher charges based on what the medical examiner determines is the victim’s cause of death.

The victim’s name has not officially been released.
 
 


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