An 86-year-old man is facing a voluntary manslaughter charge in Chesterfield. Police say that he assaulted and killed a 92-year-old woman in an assisted living facility.
Police say on Oct 27, Edward Huff beat Delora Arnold with his bare hands. The two were both residents at Elmcroft of Chesterfield, off Twin Ridge Lane, an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Arnold died two days later from her injuries. The Richmond Medical Examiner’s Office says the cause of death is blunt force trauma to the neck and chest. The medical examiner ruled the manner of death as homicide. However, following what investigators call “a thorough investigation,” Huff was arrested on Nov. 15 and charged with voluntary manslaughter. That means investigators believe the killing was intentional, but not premeditated or done with malice.
Elmcroft Senior Living, which has locations in 18 states, declined to comment on the incident stating, “Out of respect for the privacy of our residents and families, Elmcroft of Chesterfield has no comment.”
Huff’s daughter spoke with NBC12 off camera. She says her father suffers from severe dementia and does not know what he’s accused of doing, or even who he is, at times. She says Huff has never raised a hand in his life.
Huff has no criminal record. His family says his mental condition has severely deteriorated over the years and they express their deep sympathies to the victim’s family.
Huff was released from jail on $1,000 bond, pending a trial in January.
NBC12 looked into staffing and security laws for assisted living facilities in the state. There are requirements for the number of staffers needed on duty for safety and proper care of patients. Security cameras are not required.