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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — State health officials are investigating the death of a woman who apparently broke her neck while crawling out of a window at a Springfield nursing home.

Springfield police Cpl. Matt Brown says 81-year-old Mary Bebee died Monday at the Springfield Skilled Care center. A preliminary autopsy found she died of a fractured neck.

Brian Mattox, administrator for the center, says Bebee’s body was found about 6:15 Monday morning in the backyard.

Mattox told The Springfield News-Leader that part of a window screen and the edging around the screen had been pushed out. He says the window of the one-story building is about 4 feet off the ground.

He says Bebee, who had lived at the center for about two years, had Alzheimer’s disease.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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