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Poisonous mushroom deaths at NorCal assisted living home under investigation

The sign for the Gold Age Villa, an assisted living facility in Loomis, Calif., is shown in this undated file photo.

November 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
An assisted living facility in Northern California is under investigation after two deaths involving wild mushrooms.

Authorities say a caregiver at Gold Age Villa, an elderly care home in Loomis, picked the poisonous mushrooms and tossed them into a soup.

Two people died and four others are in the hospital, including the caregiver who made the soup.

Investigators have determined it was an accident - that the caregiver who prepared the meal did not know the mushrooms were poisonous.

The Department of Social Services, the agency that licenses senior care facilities, is investigating.