DCF investigate fatal Fort Myers retirement center fight

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 11:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 11:24 a.m.

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Department of Children and Families will investigate the death of a 72-year-old Fort Myers man at a Florida retirement center.

A Fort Myers Police Department spokeswoman said it appears Chrisanto Beltran and Kenneth Knauf fought after a disagreement over a blanket at the Hidden Oaks Retirement Center on Sunday night.

Beltran had already died by the time police arrived at the center. Knauf, 87, was taken to a hospital.

The center's administrator said Knauf and Beltran were two of 30 Alzheimer and dementia patients who received care at Hidden Oaks.

DCF spokeswoman Erin Gillespie said police alerted the agency Monday.

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