One Illinois nursing home resident is in jail after an altercation in the laundry room turned deadly, CBS News reported.
William Paschall, 71, a resident at the Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation in Joliet, Illinois was arrested for the November 17 beating death of a 61-year-old resident in a laundry room.
Paschall was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery against a person 60 years or older and was taken to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
On Friday, November 17, police responded to a report of a battery in the laundry room on the sixth floor of the nursing home at about 9:25 p.m.
When officers arrived at the laundry room, they found the 61-year-old victim unresponsive and staff from the home attending to him while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
According to initial reports, Paschall became angry with how the victim was using the washing machine. He began attacking the 61-year-old while a staff member tried to intervene. Paschall punched the victim multiple times in the head and then, using the victim’s walker, beat him to the floor, according to police.
Staff at the facility attended to the victim, performing life-saving measures while 911 was called. The victim, who was not identified in reports, was later pronounced dead by the Will County Coroner.
Paschall made his first appearance in court on November 19, according to ABC7 in Chicago.
While the name of the victim was withheld, his niece Kayla Martinez told ABC7 that when officials from the nursing home contacted her mother, they did not inform her that her brother had been violently attacked. They had only said that there had been an “altercation” and her brother “fell and hit his head.”
Martinez said the family wanted to know why the staff did not intervene to stop the attack.