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81-Year-Old Piscataway Nursing Home Resident Charged With Manslaughter

South Plainfield

By: Yuritza Arroyo

Middlesex County authorities announced today that a resident of AristaCare at Cedar Oaks in South Plainfield has been charged with reckless manslaughter.

According to officials, on January 16, at approximately 3:40 P.M., authorities received a 911 call requesting assistance with a combative patient.

Officials say authorities located Angel Bermontiz, 81, of Piscataway. Bermontiz was restrained in his bed by the staff of AristaCare because he had just assaulted another patient, Clara Sutowski, 91, of South Plainfield.

Sutowski was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

According to an investigation South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Bermontiz slapped Sutowski, causing her to fall and hit her head on the floor.

January 26, Angel Bermontiz was charged with one count of second-degree Reckless Manslaughter.