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Homicide at Arden Courts leads to investigation

VIDEO: Nursing home homicide...

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - There are a lot of questions surrounding this case. 

Specifically, who and what caused the fatal injury to the 84-year-old man on Apr. 4 and why the investigation is taking more than six months. 

The Northampton County Coroner's Office ruled Daniel Scanlan's death a homicide. The coroner says he died from complications due to a head injury.

The details around his death, however, have not been released.

Scanlan was a resident of Arden Courts of Old Orchard off Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township. The center caters to people with Alzheimers and dementia.

A spokesperson for the facility says the health department investigated and cited Arden Courts for a documentation issue, but cleared the facility of any wrongdoing connected with Scanlan's death. 

"The issue in question was isolated and there is no risk to residents," said the spokesperson for Arden Courts.

69 News reached out to the Department of Health for confirmation that the facility was cleared, but didn't hear back.

The Bethlehem Township Police Department is still investigating.

The Northampton County District Attorney' Office said it's going to help in this case in any way if they are needed but don't know if any charges will be filed.  


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