County man charged with involuntary manslaughter

A Clarendon man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from a July incident at Cambridge Warren Senior Living.

City of Warren police charged Howard N. Rulander, 88, on Friday.

The affidavit of probable cause states that medical personnel told police “that one dementia patient punched another dementia patient in the eye resulting in a brain bleed.”

Medical records, according to the affidavit, indicate that the assault occurred on July 22 at about 5 p.m.

“When the victim was assaulted, he fell to the floor, striking his head,” police allege. The victim’s eye swelled shut and “multiple significant subdural hematomas and intracerebral hematomas” were discovered.

Police were advised that the victim was placed under hospice care due to the injuries and reported that the victim died on July 24.

Police spoke to Rulander a few days later and “he denied fighting with the victim, advising that he would have been beat” but the affidavit states that Rulander made admissions to family members.

Staff who responded to the incident told police that they asked Rulander “if he had pushed the victim down and the defendant laughed while nodding his head.”

Police were provided an autopsy on Dec. 1 that “states that cause of death for the victim was blunt force trauma to the head.”

Rulander was then charged with a sole count of involuntary manslaughter, arraigned on Friday afternoon by District Judge Raymond Zydonik and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for later this month.


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