N.J. Nursing Home Where at Least 17 Bodies Were Found Had Poor Rating, History of Violations

The New Jersey nursing home where at least 17 bodies were found earlier this week had a poor rating from the government and had numerous prior citations.

On Monday, police in Andover, acting on a tip, found the bodies of at least 17 people in a makeshift holding area meant to hold four bodies at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center, the New York Times reports.

The paper reports there have been 68 recent deaths at the long-term care facility, which according to USA Today, is the largest long-term nursing home in the state with about 500 patients.

According to government data, Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center II — one of the buildings on the site — has a rating of one out of five stars, or “much below average.” According to the data, the center had 23 health complaints over the previous three years that resulted in a citation.

Sheinbaum told USA Today that the room where the bodies were stored usually held four bodies but had the capacity to hold as many as 12 bodies.

Sheinbaum didn’t return a call from PEOPLE for comment.

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