A 78-year-old woman who Hanover Township and Luzerne County detectives say was assaulted by her niece has died.
Dorothy Koreny, of Solomon Street, Hanover Township, died early Tuesday afternoon at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.
An autopsy is planned for 9 a.m. today.
Isis Ann Brown, 34, was arrested March 28 after authorities said she assaulted Koreny by throwing objects at her head outside their Solomon Street home.
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.
Authorities recovered smashed figurines in a driveway across the street and a ceramic figurine outside Koreny’s home.
When police arrived at the house, Brown allegedly threw a glass object at an officer and ran back inside the house. The officer pursued her and discharged his Taser, incapacitating Brown, according to court papers.
After Brown was advised of her rights, she allegedly said: “It was self-defense. Look at my bruises,” court papers state.
Police say Koreny verbally identified Brown as her attacker.
Brown was charged with one count each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person and two counts of simple assault. She remains jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail on the assault charges.
County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said an investigative team “will sit down after the autopsy and discuss what charges will be warranted based on the facts of the case.”
“My heart and prayers go out to Dorothy’s family,” Salavantis said. “From everything they told me, she seemed like a really wonderful woman. Today is a very sad day.”
Times Leader reporter Steve Mocarsky contributed to this report.