COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Only WINK News went inside a North Naples nursing home Wednesday, pressing administrators for answers after detectives said a 90 year old resident was left outside in 90 degree heat, forgotten about for three hours.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office said Robert Bernard was abandoned at the Aristocrat in a wheelchair, where he suffered heat stroke, dehydration, and eventually cardiac arrest.
"So the next time is if you guys have any questions or concerns, you guys can contact law enforcement. We are working with ACHA as well as law enforcement. At this point we are not answering any other questions."
WINK News spotted two detectives outside the facility. We also went to Bernard's home. No one came to the door. But neighbors tell me he's lived at the Aristocrat for the last few months because his wife is unable to care for him on her own.
The Department of Children and Families, as well as the Agency for Healthcare Administration, tell WINK News the incident is under investigation. The Collier County Sheriff's Office is also working to determine if any charges should be filed. Walter Kopka, with Collier County's Emergency Medical Services said heat and age are a dangerous combination.
"It can definitely be a deadly circumstance," said Chief Walter Kopka.
Chief Kopka said it's been a warmer summer. And in the last 90 days, they've had three times more heat related injuries than the same time period last year.