GLENDALE, Colo. — An Arapahoe County Coroner’s Workplace post-mortem report exhibits Haywood Hammond, 70, died of sepsis. The report dominated his loss of life a murder after discovering “a number of elements regarding for neglect as being contributory” to his loss of life, like poor diet, poor dwelling situations, and poor hygiene.
Hammond was a brother, father, and grandfather.
“Blissful go fortunate sort of man,” stated Shambi Milton, describing her dad. “It simply ended very abruptly for us… There’s loads of unanswered questions for my complete total household.”
His daughters stated Hammond had a stroke in 2005, and after that, required around-the-clock care at dwelling. They stated the household employed a caretaker at that time.
The household grew suspicious of the standard of care beginning in 2018. Hammond died on January 17, 2021.
“The way in which he was killed in a really inhumane approach,” stated Audra Meriwether, one other one among Hammond’s daughters. “It makes you lose belief in people typically.”
When Hammond died, he weighed solely 91 kilos, based on the post-mortem.
“He wasn’t even capable of have an open casket. None of us may have formally stated goodbye as a result of his physique was so deteriorated,” Meriwether stated. “I really went and acquired the paperwork from the coroner’s workplace, and he or she stated this was one of many hardest instances she’s needed to do.”
The household has filed a civil lawsuit, which identifies three companies as defendants, together with a selected caretaker, and the person legal professionals imagine is behind the completely different firms. Denver7 tried to succeed in the companies and people named, however didn’t have any responses as of Wednesday night.
The companies listed within the lawsuit are AAA Private Care Providers, Vrai Inc, and Arsema Inc.
The lawsuit claims the defendants had been answerable for offering 24-hour dwelling care to Hammond, and that the defendants failed to wash, bathe, feed and supply medical look after him. The lawsuit alleges the “defendants left Mr. Hammond for lifeless laying in excrement and maggots.”
“A human wouldn’t even deal with a canine like this,” Milton stated. “The room was coated in maggots and flies. He was simply dwelling in destruction.”
“We’re on the lookout for accountability, and justice for my dad, Haywood,” stated Meriwether. “Justice for Haywood.”
Attorneys imagine his loss of life may have been prevented.
“Frankly, we have made complaints with the Colorado Division of Well being Care Coverage and Financing, who pays these people to take care of these aged individuals. And we’re really making an attempt to get them to remove their licenses,” stated legal professional Gorgy Alhasoon of the Gaiennie Legislation Workplace. “I will in all probability by no means make a dime on this case, however I will make [the defendants’] life hell.”
These with the Glendale Police Division stated Hammond’s case is “very sophisticated.” The police division despatched the case to the 18th Judicial District for evaluation. As of Wednesday, Glendale police stated they’re ready to listen to again from the district legal professional’s workplace to see if the prison case will transfer ahead.
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