Grandfather hospitalized for a UTI is fatally beaten in bed by another patient: Reports

Authorities in California confirmed Monday that a murder investigation’s underway after an elderly patient was reportedly beaten to death by another patient sharing his hospital room.

In a statement, the Long Beach Police Department said that Francisco Sanchez-Reyes, 74, died nine days after patient Reginald Daniel Panthier, 37, attacked him at College Medical Center at around noon on January 31. Panthier was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm and producing great bodily harm against an elder.

Sanchez-Reyes died of his injuries on February 9. A GoFundMe made for the deceased grandfather stated that he was admitted to the hospital in the morning of January 31 for a urinary tract infection (UTI). He was reportedly being held overnight so hospital staff could check for ulcers.

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It’s not immediately known why Panthier was being hospitalized late last month.

On the fundraiser’s page, Sanchez-Reyes’ son wrote that a nurse found his father on the “floor bleeding to death.” He also said it’s still unclear why Panthier attacked the elder.

Police claimed that Sanchez-Reyes sustained serious injuries to his upper torso. He was transported to another hospital in critical condition.

Sanchez-Reyes suffered extensive brain bleeding and slipped into a coma before his death, his son wrote.

Panthier remains jailed on $1 million bail. According to Long Beach police, detectives plan to discuss upgrading the charges with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office this week.

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[Featured image: Francisco Sanchez-Reyes/GoFundMe]