No Criminal Charges In Nursing Home Death

(Belleville, IL) — An inquiry by the St. County Coroner has found no reason to file criminal charges in the death of an 85-year-old woman found dead at the bottom of a stairway in a Belleville nursing home earlier this month. The investigation found that the injuries to Juanita Simmons were consistent with a fall, and that security video showed her alone, strapped in her wheelchair in the hallway several minutes before she was found at the bottom of the stairs. The woman’s family is considering a lawsuit against the owners of the Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center.