Family of 88-year-old woman killed in Fort Wayne nursing home attack sues facility

Family says home said woman fell

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Relatives of an 88-year-old Indiana woman who died after being attacked by another nursing home resident say the home's owners lied about how she was injured.

Betty Riley's family filed a complaint Monday with the Indiana Department of Insurance against the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and American Senior Communities.

The suit accuses the companies that ran the Summit City nursing home of negligence in Riley's December 2011 death.

The complaint says Riley died of brain injuries after another patient apparently shoved her to the floor, but that nursing home officials told Riley's relatives that the Alzheimer's patient had a stroke and fell.

State health officials later cited the nursing home for inadequate supervision.

A corporation spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

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