Wisconsin sanctions assisted living facility after death

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has ordered an assisted living facility to stop taking new residents after an elderly resident with dementia was found frozen to death outside late last year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Faith Gardens in Sun Prairie was also fined $4,200. Alice McGaw was discovered dead outside the facility in December when temperatures were below 10 degrees.

A state Department of Health Services report released Monday says the facility didn't have a front-door alarm, left an inside door propped open and failed to check on the 84-year-old frequently enough. McGaw had previously made multiple attempts to leave the facility.

The facility cannot accept new residents until the violations are corrected. Faith Gardens officials didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

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