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89-year-old patient dies in fight with roommate

October 6th, 2011 4:55 pm by Staff Report

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis police are investigating the death of an 89-year-old Alzheimer's patient who died during a fight with his 74-year-old roommate.

Willie Mayfield's daughter, Mary Charm, told WREG-TV that she was called around 5 a.m. Wednesday to the Spring Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where workers told Charm her father had a seizure and died during a fight (http://bit.ly/oQl68w).

"I am concerned because I just saw my dad on Friday. He was in good health. We talked and laughed as usual, and this is very shocking to me to find out he is gone," Charm said.

Charm said her father had been a patient at Spring Gate for three months and had just gotten a new roommate over the weekend.

"They said my dad and the guy got into a fight, and my dad dragged him out into the hallway and I guess that's when the nurses came and tried to break it up," Charm said. "They said there was a belt used. My dad had a belt or something that he was dragging the other guy to the hallway with."

The roommate, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition after the fight.

Charm said no one could tell her how the fight started or why none of the staff was aware of it until it spilled out into the hallway. Charm said nurses were supposed to check on her father every ten minutes.

"If they were going in there every ten minutes, someone would have noticed there was something going on between him and his roommate," Charm said. "I feel like something is being hidden and I don't know exactly what it is. And I pray that after the investigation it comes out."

A Spring Gate employee who answered the telephone Thursday declined to comment to The Associated Press.

Police are waiting on the autopsy results to determine the exact cause of Mayfield's death.

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Information from: WREG-TV, http://www.wreg.com/

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