“Elderly Man Dies After Relative Chokes Him in Long Beach Home: Homicide Investigation”

By | July 14, 2023

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An elderly man in Long Beach died days after a relative was seen choking him in his home, and the case is now being investigated as a homicide. The incident occurred on June 8, when Long Beach police responded to a call in the 2600 block of Fanwood Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found a woman, identified as Jennifer Dail, inside the home with her hands around the victim’s neck. Dail was taken into custody, and the victim, 83-year-old James Brooks, was treated by the Long Beach Fire Department.

At the time, Brooks appeared to have no serious injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital. However, he later complained of throat pain, and his health rapidly declined. On June 14, he was found unresponsive in his home and was eventually pronounced dead. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide, attributing it to neck and body compression.

According to the preliminary investigation, Brooks required 24-hour medical care, which Dail was providing. Another caregiver called 911 after witnessing Dail choking the victim. Dail had initially been booked on suspicion of attempted murder, but the charges may be amended pending further investigation.

No further details about the exact relationship between Dail and Brooks have been released. Dail’s bail has been set at $1 million. The case highlights the vulnerability of elderly individuals and the importance of ensuring their safety and well-being, especially when they require specialized care..

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