Veteran Was Dropped, Ignored Police Say

By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff Writer
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

A World War II veteran, whose death last year led to the arrest of two former employees of the Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford, was dropped and ignored, according to police.

Durley Bratton, 93, died at the Regional One Trauma Center in April 2017 from blunt force injuries, according to an autopsy report.

Jeanee Dunn, left, and Bridget Austin, right.

Jeanee Dunn, 25, and Bridget Austin, 41, were arrested and charged with manslaughter-culpable negligence and are being held at the Lafayette County Detention Center on $250,000 bonds.

OPD Maj. Jeff McCutchen said the two women allegedly dropped the victim.

“We believe multiple times,” he said.

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said the two women failed to report that the victim had fallen or his injuries related to the fall. He said the injuries did not appear to be caused by someone kicking or hitting the victim.

At this time, Austin and Dunn are being charged with negligence and not assault.

According to the Oxford Police Department, on April 15, medical personnel from the Regional One Trauma Center in Memphis contacted police in regard to Bratton’s health and welfare and an investigation started into the veteran’s death.


 

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