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Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

Last Updated Aug 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm PDT

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Fla. Defense attorneys said Sunday, August 25, 2019 that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 elderly patients died after the complex lost power and was engulfed by sweltering heat during a powerful 2017 hurricane. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
Summary

Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the main air-conditioning unit at the Rehabilitation Center

Twelve deaths at the centre had been ruled homicides, prompting a criminal investigation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Defence attorneys say arrests are expected in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died amid sweltering heat after air conditioning power was lost after a 2017 hurricane.

Attorney Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press on Sunday that his client is among three nurses and an administrator expecting to be charged because of the deaths after Hurricane Irma in September that year. Irma knocked out power to the main air-conditioning unit at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring .

Hashish says he doesn’t know any specific charges but expects it would likely involve some form of manslaughter. He called his client a scapegoat.

Twelve deaths at the centre had been ruled homicides , prompting a criminal investigation.

A voice message and email left for Hollywood Police weren’t immediately returned Sunday.

Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press