Assisted Living Resident Use Hammer To Attack Another Resident

An elderly man, staying at an assisted living center, is accused of hitting another resident who was in his 60s in the head with a hammer, police said.

The 79-year-old temporary resident was charged with aggravated battery.

Police do not know the reason for the attack but called it "unusual and sad."

The hammer was sitting out because of construction work being done to part of the facility. "The hammer was a weapon of opportunity," police said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

He has returned to his apartment at the assisted living center, where he is recovering, the administrator said. She also said she didn't know what caused the attack.

"There was no altercation, there was no argument, there was no nothing," she said. "We don't know why." For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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