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Two arrested in connection to 2017 death of WWII vet

25-yr-old Jeanee Dunn. Source: Oxford PD 25-yr-old Jeanee Dunn. Source: Oxford PD
41-yr-old Bridget Austin. Source: Oxford PD 41-yr-old Bridget Austin. Source: Oxford PD
OXFORD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two women have been arrested in connection to the 2017 death of an elderly man from the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.

Oxford police arrested 25-year-old Jeanee Dunn of Oxford and 41-year-old Bridget Austin of Abbeville following the abuse related death of 93-year-old World War II veteran Durley Bratton.

On April 15, 2017, medical personnel from the Regional One Trauma Center in Memphis contacted officers regarding the health and welfare Bratton,  who was living at the VA facility at the time.

The Criminal Investigations Division at OPD led the investigation on abuse related injuries suffered by Bratton.

While the investigation was underway, Bratton succumbed to his injuries and died.

His body was taken to the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

On July 2, the autopsy results came back and ruled that the cause of death was blunt force injuries.

Both Dunn and Austin were arrested in July and transported to the Lafayette County Detention Center to await their initial appearance for the charge of manslaughter-culpable negligence.

Chief Joey East stated that he is glad to provide some resolution for the Bratton family.

"Though we cannot know their pain," said East. "I appreciate the collaborative effort and dedication of our investigators and the county coroner’s office in this lengthy investigation."

The women received bonds of $250,000 each.

For more information you can call the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400 or follow the department on Twitter and Facebook.

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