Family fights to remove relative from nursing home

A Norwalk family is fighting to get a relative removed from a nursing home they say is holding her against her will.

Due to a stroke and subsequent dementia, Sallie Woods? estate went into probate in 2001. In 2005, Woods, 86, was put into the Marathon Healthcare Center of Norwalk for health reasons. Now, Woods? granddaughter, Dana Wilson, says she believes the woman is being held against her will.

?She?s requested to come home since last year and we?ve been back and forth to court almost an entire year,? Wilson says.

On Tuesday, family members had Woods in the car to leave, but nursing home officials and police stopped them.

Nursing home officials say they have a probate court decree from last year, which orders Woods to remain at the facility. They say they can?t legally release Woods until the probate court issues another decree saying it is okay for her to leave.

The nursing home also says state law mandates that a formal discharge plan must be developed before Woods can be released, and to this date, the family has not submitted a motion to the probate court for discharge.

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