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Inquest into care home death

An inquest has found a lack of care contributed to the death of a 94 year old grandmother.

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Molly Darby's family arrive at court

The family of a great grandmother from South Yorkshire say they hope an inquest into her death will provide some answers. The inquest opened at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today .

94 year old Molly Darby, who suffered from Alzheimer's, died in 2007 at Barnsley Hospital after spending four weeks at Beeches Care Home in Wath-on-Dearne.

The home denied any wrong-doing but a Rotherham Council Social Services investigation found Beeches to have been "negligent by omission" in its care of the pensioner. Mrs Darby's two sons say their mother looked like "a concentration camp victim" before she died.

Ray and Jim Darby took their fight for an inquest to the then Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, who gave his permission for it to be held to find out whether neglect played any part in Mrs Darby's death.

Since Molly's death, a new company - MHA - has taken over the care home.

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