No charges to be made in Annandale nursing home death


Th0ugh it’s been ruled a homicide, there will be no charges placed in the death of 87-year old Danielle Griffin.

Griffin died in mid-June after breaking her hip in early May at the Leewood Healthcare Center, where she lived.  According to Fairfax County detectives, Griffin was hurt after arguing with, and then being pushed by, another resident of the healthcare center. She was treated at Inova Faifax Hospital for 5 days and then released.    

On June 15 Griffin was found by healthcare center staff, lying in her bed, complaining of shortness of breath. The staff immediately called 911 and Griffin was once again taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her condition declined rapidly and she was pronounced dead at about 5:43 that same morning.

An autopsy was performed and in late October of 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported the manner of Danielle Griffin’s death to be homicide and the cause of death was complications of a hip fracture with extensive additional contributing medical conditions.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives were told that Griffin had been diagnosed with Dementia and Hypertension. Detectives also learned that the other female resident, who had pushed Griffin back in May, also suffers from diminished mental capacity.

During the course of the investigation, detectives consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County to determine the proper classification of this case and the appropriate course of action. At this point, police say, given the totality of the circumstances no charges are expected to be placed.


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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.