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Personal care home death ruled homicide

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There is new information in the January death of a woman found at a personal care home.

The autopsy has been completed into the death of Janice Hollins.

On January 4, Janice Hollins was found dead inside a personal care home on Barrett Avenue.

The window was broken, and there was no heat in the room where she slept.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said Hollins's body temperature was so low she was unable to get a reading.

Monday autopsy results revealed the 43 year old died of hypothermia.

Her death is considered a homicide because the mentally ill woman was being cared for by home operator Stephanie Fields.

Fields could be charged in her death.

The 34 year old was arrested in February on an indictment accusing her of stealing the identity of an elderly man once in her care.

Fields reportedly operated several personal care homes in Jackson, including one on North State Street.

Tuesday the front door was slightly opened, but no one answered knocks on the door or calls for inquiry.

On Barrett Avenue a renter, who did not want to be identified, has moved in and said the house is no longer used as a personal care home.

"We didn't see the owner of the house or the lady that was supposedly operating the house," said Jeff Ivy, who lives on Barrett Avenue.

He and his wife live just down the street and said other neighbors told them that the personal care residents stole water while staying there.

"People that were in the house were getting water from other places in the neighborhood and because my friend over there said they came and got water from his house," added Ivy.

Another Barrett Avenue resident, who did not want to go talk on camera, said up to 10 people lived there.

The coroner has given her findings to the state Attorney General's Office.

Spokesperson Jan Schaefer said they are reviewing the autopsy report before making any determinations.

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