Son: Slain 100-year-old mom, roommate had tension
Investigators are zeroing in on a person of interest in the murder of a 100-year-old woman at a nursing home in Dartmouth.
Elizbeth Barrow was found dead in her room with a plastic bag over her head on Sept. 24. Officials later ruled her death as a homicide by strangulation.
According to sources, officials are looking at Barrow's 98-year-old roommate as a person of interest in the case.
Barrow's son, Scott, said his mother's roommate complained that his mother had too many visitors. He also said that the roommate even threatened his mother.
Scott Barrow said he asked the nursing home to put his mother or her roommate in another room, but they never did.
The nursing home released a statement that reads in part: "The Brandon Woods family is greatly saddened by the unexpected death of one of our residents last month. We can share the resident enjoyed her time at our facility. In fact, both she and her husband were residents together at our facility until he passed away two years ago."
Scott barrow said his mother was still full of life.
"For a hundred years old, she was starting to slow down, but she loved to go out to lunch, and she loved to shop. You just put a shopping cart in her hands, and off she'd go," said Scott Barrow.
Sources said overnight staffers, who were working the night Barrow was killed, are talking to a grand jury. The roommate of a 100-year-old woman found strangled in her bed at a nursing home had made "threatening" remarks to the centenarian, her son said Friday, and the slain woman's family had sought to have the women split up.
Elizabeth Barrow was found dead in her bed last month, with a plastic bag tied around her head. Authorities this week ruled the death a homicide.
Scott Barrow said his mother's roommate had made "threatening" and "harassing" remarks to her.
"She said, 'I'm going to have that bed next to the window,' and my mother said, 'Why do you think that?' and she said, 'Because I'm going to outlive you,"' Scott Barrow said.
Barrow said he asked officials at the Brandon Woods nursing home to separate his mother and her roommate, but they assured him the two were getting along.
The home's chief of operations, Scott Picone, said the roommates were offered room changes twice this summer, and both declined. Picone said the two women were friendly toward one another and often told each other "goodnight" and "I love you."
Scott Barrow said his mother, who had lived with the woman for about a year, tried to be "peacemaker" and told him she did not want to leave her room because that's where she and her husband lived for several years before he died in 2007.
The day his mother died, Scott Barrow saw her roommate being wheeled away from the room.
"She said to me, 'You're going to blame me for this ... but you're wrong,"' he recalled.
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Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States (load item map)
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