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Report: MN assisted living home resident's death followed brutal beating

The man suffered from cerebral palsy and cognitive dysfunction.

A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health says a resident at an Aitkin County assisted living home was beaten by staff, and subsequently died of his injuries.

The facility, called Chappy's Golden Shores, is located in Hill City, and was shut down by the state just last month over "multiple and repeated serious incidents."

According to the health department's report, the victim of the beating suffered from cerebral palsy and "cognitive dysfunction," and during the alleged incident, was held down by one staff member while another struck him "in the head and face."

A third staff member, the report says, stood by and did nothing, and did not report the abuse.

Seven weeks later, he was hospitalized with a brain bleed and later died.

While his cause of death was initially deemed "natural causes," the physician later told investigators that if he'd known about the beating, it would have "definitely affected the finding," and said "there was a potential the trauma was related to the client's death."

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The Star Tribune identifies the victim as Steven G. Nelson, a 58-year-old who was living with dementia. 

Local police are now investigating the incident and "may broaden their probe," the paper says.

As KBJR reports, last month's suspension (it's not clear whether it was related to Nelson's alleged beating) forced the facility's 33 residents to move out. 

This is the second time this month a Minnesota care facility has been blamed for the deaths of its residents, with one in St. Paul under federal investigation for multiple ventilator-related deaths.

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