WILKES-BARRE — As the result of an autopsy on the body of a woman who died Tuesday 11 days after she suffered severe head injuries, the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci conducted the autopsy on 78-year-old Dorothy Koreny at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Wednesday. Pascucci ruled Koreny died from traumatic head injuries.
Koreny had been hospitalized at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township since she was allegedly assaulted by her niece, Isis Ann Brown, outside their home on Solomon Street in Hanover Township on March 28.
Brown, 34, is jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 on felony assault charges.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said her office and investigators are currently reviewing evidence to determine if criminal homicide charges are warranted.
A neighbor’s surveillance camera recorded Brown “going in and out of the front door numerous times” beginning at about 5:30 a.m. March 28. The camera captured Brown bringing numerous objects out onto the front porch and throwing them at Koreny, who was lying on the sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint.
Township police were sent to the residence just before 7 a.m. for a report of a domestic disturbance, and found Koreny on the sidewalk next to the front porch of her home and Brown running into the house, the complaint says.
Police said in the complaint that Brown came out of the house, threw a glass object at the officer and ran back inside. The officer pursued her and discharged his Taser, incapacitating Brown.
Brown told police, “It was self-defense. Look at my bruises,” according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing on the assault charges is scheduled on April 17 before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township.