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Daughter of woman who spent 4 days in a closet at a North Carolina nursing home plans to sue

An autopsy report released this week shows that Mary Hicks Cole, the woman who spent four days locked inside a storage closet at an east Charlotte nursing home, died of dehydration and pneumonia due to isolation.

Cole, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease was reported missing on January 23, 2006 and found four days later where she died after having been rushed to a nearby hospital. Although the death was determined to be accidental, Cole’s daughter and her lawyers are planning a wrongful death suit based on the fact that one of the causes of death was “isolation.”

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