Accident or Homicide?

On April 9, Noemi Noto suffered head trauma after she hit the ground during the altercation with another resident at the Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. The resident died from her injuries three days later at Staten Island University North Hospital.

The coroner and medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. Officials believe that Noto got into a dispute with another elderly woman when an aid intervened but the incident caused Noto’s fatal injuries. Police are investigating whether it was falling or getting pushed that killed her.

The Staten Island District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for possible charges. There have been no arrests.

Resident to resident assaults are a known problem that is preventable and avoidable with proper training and safe staffing.

I am not sure if the above is an accident or homicide but it is definitely neglect.