Police Continue to Question Staunton Man's Death

Police are still questioning the death of 85-year-old Russell Beach almost seven months ago at his caregivers residence.On May 27, Beach was hospitalized for a hip fracture, injuries to his face and elbow and a burned foot. The mans caregiver said that the man fell when trying to stand up on his own. The next day, a doctor noted his "expected death" would be the result of malnutrition and neglect, according to court records.

The man's caregiver, a 48-year-old Staunton woman requested physicians do all they could to keep him alive. One of the doctors expressed concern to a Staunton police investigator that the woman "may have a financial interest in keeping him alive," according to an affidavit to a search warrant. Doctors also found no evidence that the woman had been provided proper nutrition or therapy for the man. No charges have been filed against the caregiver, but Staunton prosecutor Raymond C. Robertson has considered it.

When an Adult Protective Services official was brought in to question the caregiver, she was asked to confirm where Beach's room was inside her Staunton home. Court records state the caregiver took the official to the supposed room but eventually admitted the room was hers and that Beach slept on a couch in the living room. When asked to provide clothes worn by Beach, the caregiver could only produce two pairs of pants, one with a 42-inch waist and the other outfitted with a 36-inch waist. 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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