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Elderly care-home resident dies of injuries sustained in alleged assault

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WINNIPEG — An elderly man allegedly assaulted by an Alzheimer's sufferer has died.

Frank Alexander, 87, was allegedly pushed last Thursday in an activity room in Parkview Place, causing him to fall and hit his head.

News of his death came Tuesday from a spokesman for the Manitoba Liberals who had been in contact with the family of Alexander's alleged attacker.

Police charged Joe McLeod, a 70-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer and resident of the Edmonton Street care home, with aggravated assault on Saturday.

It was the second time McLeod was charged with assault. In September, McLeod was locked in the Remand Centre's medical unit for nearly a month after an incident with his wife that resulted in her receiving stitches.  The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority eventually had McLeod assessed and placed in Parkview Place.

David Shorr, communications director for the Manitoba Liberal Caucus, said he's spoken to McLeod's daughter Faye Jashyn about the death.

"Faye's reaction is obviously that she's devastated by today's news," said Shorr. "Her heart as well as her family's heart goes out to the family of Mr. Alexander on what must be a very difficult day for them."

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

- with files from Carol Sanders and Alexandra Paul

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