Fox 8 reported that police are investigating a suspicious death at Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center in Ohio after a confrontation between two nursing home residents. Police Detective Joe Rotuno said Richard Cain, 65, was found unresponsive in his room at Concord around 7 p.m. Thursday. Rotuno said Cain’s roommate, who is 63 and usually in a wheelchair, told staff Cain was lying on the ground, and he believed he was dead. Staff then found Cain clutching a chunk of his roommate’s hair and called police, according to investigators.
The roommate told officers that the pair had argued over whether to close the room door when Cain began choking the roommate, according to Rotuno. He said the roommate reported he then punched Cain in the stomach, causing him to fall backward and hit his head.
Rotuno said both roommates suffered from mental health and other issues, and that staff reported the roommate had a history of anger issues. He said they had gotten into arguments in recent weeks. “We’ve heard there’s been a lot of verbal altercations between the two,” Rotuno said. “Our suspect does have a history of being what we would call ‘angry’ at the facility, having issues with other residents, having issues with other staff.”
“If his roommate had to defend himself, I don’t blame him at all. I blame the nursing home and staff for not paying attention,” said Bonnie Cain. “They’ve been in several verbal confrontations weeks prior and nobody’s done anything about it. Why couldn’t you separate them?”
She said she wants justice and more training for nursing home staff.
“Every time I close my eyes I see my dad, and it’s just so heartbreaking,” Cain said. “Why couldn’t something be done? Maybe my daddy would still be with me today.”