The news media outlets have been pouring out information with nothing but COVID-19. Not too much news was spread on anything else. It had to take a homicide dealing with the coronavirus for it to make headlines this week. Unfortunately, this is the first story dealing with the death of an 86-year-old woman who was killed in a coronavirus related murder. The NYPD is carrying on an investigation where one woman hit another elderly woman inside a Brooklyn hospital over the head for not keeping the social distance rule.
It’s bad enough cops have to deal with the COVID-19 virus, which is scaring the hell out of people. Many have fallen victim to this illness. They still have to do their job and police the nation within their jurisdictions.
The victim, 86-year-old Janie Marshall, died from head injuries at the hands of 32-year-old Cassandra Lundy less than four hours after the heated battle took place. Cops told the reporters, the incident took place inside Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Woodhull Hospital.
Lundy was in the hospital for having a seizure, and Marshall was there for a bowel obstruction issue. Marshall grabbed a metal stand that was next to Lundy’s bed. Lundy attacked Marshall screaming at her for not complying with the social distancing rules. She then hit Marshall in the head. Marshall fell to the ground, and she passed away less than four hours later.
There were no witnesses available, but the security camera did catch the most of the confrontation. Lundy was issued a disorderly conduct summons from the hospital police after the incident and was released. At the time of her release, Marshall was still alive.
Dealice Fuller, who chairs Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, said, “It’s sad. Something like that happens, and you’d like the world to know that somebody contributed something. She was able to get all the information, and she came to me, and she asked me to help get people to join the garden. We were basically one of the first gardens in the district.”
Fuller added that Marshall played a prominent role in getting the garden set up in 1991.
Prosecutors and the police are waiting for the cause of death from the autopsy. If it is confirmed in the autopsy that the attack caused Marshall’s death, Lundy’s charges will be upgraded.
Law enforcement released the information on Lundy, stating she had 17 prior arrests and lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The charges range from trespassing, drug possession, assault, and strangulation. Apparently, this was one violent woman.
Marshall’s friends were stunned to hear of her passing. They all stated how well and how hard she worked in keeping her apartment pretty.
Marshall’s neighbor, 87-year-old Eartha Calloway, stated, “We would just meet in the hall and laugh and talk. She came from down South like I did, and we used to laugh about it, about the heat down there and how we used to wash clothes outdoors, funny things.”
Calloway added, “It just goes to show, you never know. You don’t ever know what’s going to happen to you. You could be walking down the hall, and someone hits you in the hospital.”
Many people today have a fear of dying from COVID-19 after hearing how the patient dies. No one ever thinks in times like these, they are going to die from being attacked inside a hospital, especially when they are going for a completely different reason than the virus.
It is a cruel thing to do attacking the elderly. As for Lundy, people are scared and panicking when it comes to keeping social distancing. Let’s face it, the world never demanded this of us before. It still doesn’t give anyone the right to attack an old lady.
When Lundy was released from the hospital police, the hospital did not call the NYPD right away. It took them almost five hours later after Marshall passed away. There were also representatives from NYC Health and Hospitals, which is over Woodhull, and they did not give an immediate response to reporters.
Why did it take five hours for the hospital to report back to the NYPD? The only issue may be due to the hospitals in New York are on overload when it comes to patients. Maybe they carried their own investigations, or perhaps, they were trying to cover up why they let Lundy go in the first place. Either way, the autopsy will give more information and shed light on the situation.