TORONTO, Ont. – A resident of a seniors home in Scarborough faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a 72-year-old woman at the long-term care facility.
Toronto police were called to the Wexford Residence Long Term Care facility at 1860 Lawrence Ave. E., near Pharmacy Avenue, around 11:15 p.m Wednesday night.
Two female residents were assaulted, according to police.
“We look at nursing homes, hospitals and everything as a safe haven,” said Det.-Sgt. Wayne Banks. “And they are safe havens.”
“It’s unfortunate that we do have the odd incident that tarnishes this but by no means is this a reflection on this nursing home or any other nursing home.”
Police said Joycelyn Dickson is the city’s latest homicide victim. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy will be scheduled for Dickson, police said.
The other victim, a 91-year-old woman, was found with obvious signs of injuries and taken to hospital.
Peter Brooks, 72, a resident of the long-term care facility, is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Police said the accused and the two women were not related to each other.
Police did not comment on the mental state of the accused.