Death of elderly Virginia Beach woman found with bruises, skin tears spurs police probe

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Police are investigating the death of a 96-year-old woman who was taken from her Virginia Beach home by Adult Protective Services in December.

Irene McLean died in Sentara Nursing and Rehabilitation Windermere on Jan. 10 — a little less than a month after she was taken via ambulance from her home, located in the 900 block of Tigertail Road.

McLean was removed from her home, where she lived with her legal guardian, on Dec. 14, 2016 after an APS worker visited her, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

The worker discovered McLean covered in bruises and skin tears, with crusted eyelids, soiled clothes and feces under her fingernails. McLean also had bed sores on her hip, left foot and behind her knee. In some areas bone or tendon was exposed, court documents state.

An ambulance took McLean to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. A doctor who examined her told police she suffered “multiple skin ulcers from abuse or neglect” which showed “neglect for more than three months.”

Her legal guardian, who had custody of her since October 2015, told police that McClean hadn’t seen a doctor since an April 2016 visit to a Henrico County Patient First office.

McClean was transferred to Sentara Nursing and Rehabilitation Windermere, where she died.

Police and APS are trying to determine if McLean “got proper treatment and care while in the direct care of” her legal guardian, and “if that care led to her death.”

Virginia Beach Police Department Officer Linda Kuehn said the investigation is ongoing.

Department of Human Services spokesman Adam Zubowsky was unable to comment on the case due to state confidentiality laws.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.