On August 8, 2010, one hundred year old Dorothy Butler was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center Emergency Department suffering from severe hemorrhaging, four broken ribs, and “two pressure sores and bruising”. The cause of her injuries was reportedly “unknown”.
The Murfreesboro Police have launched an investigation into the cause of Ms. Butler’s injuries, which will include an investigation into the nursing home facility in which she lived: Boulevard Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. According to Officer David Norton, Ms. Butler’s “injuries appeared suspicious enough to launch an investigation”. Norton also reported that a Tennessee Adult Protective Services case worker told him “the pressure sores would require some time to become this severe, indicating possible neglect or abuse”.
According to facility Administrator Amanda Pullias, the nursing home is also looking into the cause of Ms. Butler’s injuries but “we have not found any suspicious findings”.
Butler had entered the facility in July 2010 to recover from a broken femur.
In 2008, the facility was forbidden new admissions after state inspectors found problems at the facility in nursing services and administration.