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The grand jury of the Rockland County, New York, on Monday issued a formal indictment against a father and son on multiple charges, after allegedly being linked to the fire that occurred on March 23 in a nursing home that left a firefighter and one of the residents dead.
Rabbis Nathaniel Summers, 69 years old and her son Aaron Sommer, 26, were indicted by a grand jury on counts of murder in the second degree, criminal negligence homicide, arson in the fourth degree, reckless danger in the second degree and three assaults, reported Ioud.
The accusation explains that father and son performed a cleaning ritual prior to the Jewish passover, in which they had to heat kitchen utensils to burn remains of forbidden food, a fact that would have caused the fire an hour and a half after both left the premises after preparing the kitchen for Easter.
County court Rockland reported that the two subjects will be processed on Tuesday at 9:30 am for the formal accusation, he reviewed ABC7.
The defendants had received a previous accusation in June in relation to the fire at the beginning of the year that caused the death of a 35-year-old volunteer firefighter. Jared Lloyd and the resident of the nursing home Oliver Hueston, 79 years old.
Also, Spring Valley Village Building Inspectors, Wayne Ballard and Raymond Canario, were indicted in the first degree for offering false instruments, in addition to falsifying business records for allegedly providing false reports to the state of New York about fire inspections.
Both suspects will face only misdemeanor charges, and received subpoenas, so they will not be arrested.
Meanwhile, the director of the nursing home, Denise Kerr, received a second degree indictment for reckless endangering already Manuel Lema Charges were brought against him for alleged identity theft and obstruction of the government administration due to alleged actions from the facilities prior to the deadly fire.
Firefighter Lloyd, 35, was the father of two young children, and served in the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He worked under the tutelage of the telecommunications and service provider company Altice.
The fatal flames were present in the nursing home after 1:00 am, causing part of the building to collapse as firefighters battled the blaze.
Authorities presume that Lloyd he had been disoriented by the smoke and flames, to the point of not finding his way out the moment he entered the building to rescue the residents of the nursing home.
His death was due to running out of oxygen, but the flames prevented his colleagues from finding him alive.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.