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Hawaii County police investigating man's death at care home

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:15 p.m. HST, Nov 7, 2012

Hawaii County police are conducting a manslaughter investigation into the death of an 82-year-old man at a Kailua-Kona care home in August.

Police officers responded to a report of an unresponsive resident of a care home on Haokuni Street.

Fire rescue personnel brought the man to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:58 p.m.

An autopsy on Aug. 15 showed he died of aspiration of food.

Police consulted with Adult Protective Services.

Detectives focused on the level of care provided and found that the Department of Human Services had revoked the caregiver’s care home certification on Sept. 24 because of the death.

Detectives conferred Nov. 1 with county prosecutors and initiated the manslaughter investigation.

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