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Police: Home Blocking Sex Crime Inquiry

Daytona Beach Police are accusing a nursing home of slowing an investigation into claims that a 75-year-old resident suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease was sexually assaulted, the Daytona Beach News-Journalreports.

The resident was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease on July 3, when she was taken to the hospital by her daughter. She had complained to her daughter she was pregnant and had pain in her pelvic area, the News-Journal reports.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood has filed a complaint with the Agency for Health Care Administration, saying attorneys for the Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center are using privacy policies to bar detectives from investigating the alleged assault, the News-Journal reports.

In an unrelated case, the Pensacola News Journalreports that the city’s Kipling Manor Retirement Center has accrued significant violations in the years leading up to the arrest of two administrators.

AHCA records show more than $37,000 in violations in the past decade, highlighting operational problems that were “a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the residents,” the News Journal reports.

Last week, two administrators at Kipling manor were charged by the Attorney General’s Office with blocking mental health nurses access to patients for several weeks, the News Journal reports. Arrest reports claim the administrators denied access because the nurses were helping residents apply to other nursing homes, the News Journal reports.

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