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Charges Dropped for Man Who Took Woman From Care Facility

Authorities originally said 55-year-old David Collignon, of Middleburg, removed Beth Birnbaum from the Newton facility without authority

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    David Collignan and Beth Birnbaum

    Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Florida man who in May took a friend from a long-term care facility in Massachusetts. 

    Authorities originally said 55-year-old David Collignon, of Middleburg, removed Beth Birnbaum from the Newton facility without authority and charged him with permitting abuse on an elderly person. 

    The 63-year-old Birnbaum was in the facility after suffering a stroke. 

    The Boston Globe reports that in a legal filing late last month, prosecutors said Birnbaum told investigators that she asked Collignon to take her from the nursing home and did not wish to pursue criminal charges. 

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    Collignon's lawyer said his client was only trying to help Birnbaum and is relieved that the prosecution has ended. 

    The attorney says Collignon and Birnbaum have known each other for decades and once dated.

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