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COVID-19 patient fatally beaten at Antelope Valley Hospital, officials say
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A COVID-19 patient was beaten to death by another patient at Antelope Valley Hospital, officials say.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- A COVID-19 patient allegedly beat a fellow patient to death inside Antelope Valley Hospital, officials say.

The gruesome murder happened the morning of Dec. 17. Investigators say a man in the COVID-19 unit beat his roommate, a man in his 80s, severely with an oxygen tank.

The victim died the day after the attack.

The two were strangers to each other. A motive for the attack is unclear.

The suspect was arrested and has been charged with murder, with an enhancement based on the victim's age. His name has not been released.