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Dementia Patient Fatally Beaten in Care Facility

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    Dementia Patient Fatally Beaten in Care Facility
    Pictured: Bridgewater State Hospital

    Authorities say an 86-year-old resident of a Massachusetts nursing home's dementia ward has been beaten to death and they suspect his roommate.

    Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey says in a statement that James Schappell was apparently beaten Tuesday morning with a piece of furniture in a room at the CareOne facility in Randolph, a suburb of Boston. He was taken to a hospital and died Wednesday night.

    His 58-year-old roommate has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

    After the suspect was evaluated by a court clinician, a judge sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation. The judge did not arraign the man.

    The suspect is due back in court Sept. 21.

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