Winnipeg man with Alzheimer's released from jail; will be moved to care home

A Manitoba man with Alzheimer's disease has been released from the Winnipeg Remand Centre and will be moved to a personal care home. A judge put Joe McLeod in the care of his daughter when the 69-year-old man appeared in court on an assault charge.

McLeod had been in jail since he acted out against his wife in their home Sept. 2, but his family said he was confused and didn't recognize her. His case was taken up by Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrad, who said it was unacceptable for anyone with Alzheimer's disease to be kept in jail.

McLeod will be placed in a bed approved by the family, which is working with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The assault charge against him still stands and he is to return to court Nov. 2.

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