Manslaughter suspect may have attacked at Brooklyn hospital over social distancing

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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — An alleged attacker accused of grabbing an 86-year-old woman by her face and throwing her to the ground at a Brooklyn hospital may have started the fight because the victim was not social distancing, police sources said.

Janie Marshall hit her head on the floor and died after the March 28 incident, an NYPD spokesman said. Cassandra Lundy, 32, was arrested Thursday on charges of manslaughter and assault.

Marshall and Lundy were both at NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull awaiting treatment that day, police said. Then a verbal dispute began.

The fight might have been over keeping six feet away from each other, sources said.

After it escalated, hospital staff escorted Lundy out, an NYPD spokesman said. Marshall was helped to a hospital bed. She died while still at the hospital.

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