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Queensland family claim nurse danced at grandma’s funeral

  • Charlotte 'Lottie' Paluszak passed away in the care of Carinity Fairfield Grange
  • Her family are now trying to piece together clues to comprehend her final days
  • Investigations are underway into the deaths of four others at the aged care home
  • Three registered nurses have been dismissed from the Fairfield Grange facility since an investigation was launched in November

By Fiona Connor For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 13:19 GMT, 27 February 2018 | Updated: 14:01 GMT, 27 February 2018

Charlotte 'Lottie' Paluszak passed away while in the care of Carinity Fairfield Grange rest home in Queensland on November 11 last year, shocking those closest to her

Her daughters Petra Anderson and Monika Simpson are now trying to piece together clues in search for answers about the 84-year-old's final days.

As clues emerge, including a photograph of a nurse taking a photo of Lottie's coffin and claims the staff member – who has since been dismissed, was seen doing a 'happy dance' at the funeral, the heartbroken family members are only left with more questions.

Charlotte 'Lottie' Paluszak (pictured) passed away in the care of Carinity Fairfield Grange at 84 years old 

Charlotte 'Lottie' Paluszak (pictured) passed away in the care of Carinity Fairfield Grange at 84 years old

Her daughters Petra Anderson and Monika Simpson are trying to piece together clues to comprehend their mother's final days

'I've taken some photos because I'm sending those to family overseas so I don't know why anyone else would want to take a photo of mum… mum's coffin?' said Monika.

The family are desperate to learn the truth surrounding the cherished great-grandmother's untimely death but each new piece of information fails to pinpoint one thing – why their mother is dead.

'To die of her diabetes you know – dementia complicated diabetes – that was the bit that floored us, (it) didn't make any sense,' Monika told Channel 9.

A former staff told A Current Affair off-camera that a senior nurse at the centre of the investigation allegedly gave Lottie an injection of Schedule 8 drugs the day before she died.

When Carinity officials became aware of a breach of procedure they immediately sacked those involved and called the police, 9 News reported.

A photograph (pictured) of a nurse taking a photo of Lottie's coffin has raised even more questions A photograph (pictured) of a nurse taking a photo of Lottie's coffin has raised even more questions 

A photograph (pictured) of a nurse taking a photo of Lottie's coffin has raised even more questions

But it wasn't until receiving the final bill that the Paluszak family began to think that something may have gone wrong.

'There were large amounts prescribed for her, I'm not sure how much she was actually given of that, but there was large amounts, which I thought was quite unusual,' Petra said.

A number of investigations are currently underway into the suspicious deaths of five people, including Lottie, at the Baptist-run aged care home in Townsville.

It wasn't until receiving the final bill that the Paluszak family were given a hint that something was wrong It wasn't until receiving the final bill that the Paluszak family were given a hint that something was wrong 

It wasn't until receiving the final bill that the Paluszak family were given a hint that something was wrong

Carinity says one of its own staffers raised the alarm last November, sparking the immediate removal of three registered nurses for failing in their duty of care at its Fairfield Grange home.

Assessors from the federal government's Australian Aged Care Quality Agency arrived to carry out a six-day audit of the home two weeks after the nurses were sacked.

The deaths are the subject of ongoing probes by police and the coroner.

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