Crime, Police/Fire

Middle River woman arrested in connection with death of elderly patient at care facility

MIDDLE RIVER, MD—Investigators have arrested a Middle River woman in connection with the death of an elderly patient at a senior care facility in 2022.

Obiageriaku Jane Iheanacho, 35, was arrested on January 24 in the 4900-block of Hazelwood Avenue without incident.

At around 3:45 p.m. on May 18, 2022, officers with the Baltimore Police Department responded to the 5000-block of Frankford Avenue (21206) to Investigate a reported aggravated assault.

Once at the location, officers spoke with a care center manager, who stated that a 75-year-old male patient was knocked down and injured by a contractual employee. The victim suffered a broken hip during the assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was admitted.

At just after 5:30 a.m. on September 5, 2022, a hospital staff member informed officers that 75-year-old Ellsworth Johnson-Bey had died due to his injuries. The deceased was transported to the Medical Examiners’ Office for an autopsy.

At 6:00 a.m. on January 12, 2023, the Medical Examiners’ Office ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Obiageriaku Jane Iheanacho has been charged with second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.

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