Pensioner’s daughter welcomes police investigation in Northampton care home deaths

Daughter Marie Robinson, with a picture of her mother Doreen Sheridan
Daughter Marie Robinson, with a picture of her mother Doreen Sheridan

A woman whose mother was one of five elderly residents who died in a Northampton care home in 2009, has welcomed a decision to launch a criminal investigation into their deaths.

Marie Robinson’s mother, Doreen Sheridan, was one of the pensioners who died at Parkside Nursing Home in St Matthew’s Parade, Northampton, between July and August, 2009.

Following her 83-year-old mother’s death, Mrs Robinson, of Hunsbury Hill, said she belived the care she received at the home had been “disgraceful”.

But, after an inquest into the five deaths, the county coroner ruled they died from natural causes as there was no evidence to suggest that neglect was a direct cause of death.

The Chronicle & Echo campaigned at the time for the ruling to be reviewed to allow a police investigation to take place, but the coroner’s ruling meant that a police inquiry could not be set up.

Mrs Sheridan, who had severe Alzheimer’s disease, died on August 4, 2009. A post mortem examination recorded the cause of death as being, in part, bronchopneumonia and doctors told her family it was brought on by a lack of mobility.

Northamptonshire Police has now decided to re-open the investigation following a report by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Mrs Robinson said: “It has been a long time coming. I’m extremely pleased something is going to be done and I hope I can finally get justice for my mother. I think it was a case that it was thought because they were old, people they did not matter. I thank the Chronicle & Echo and, in particular, reporter Nick Spoors, who has done a sterling job keeping this in the spotlight.”

In December last year, five nurses were struck off after the council hearing into the treatment of some residents. The five were home manager Phyllis Johnson and nurses Anastacia Madulu, Girlie Franklin, Maria McKenzie, and Mary Ombu, who were all found to have failed to provide basic care for 10 residents.