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DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Rhode Island nursing home had rejected Connecticut officials’ request to care for a mentally ill and disabled woman who set a fire that killed 16 people, more than a week before a judge approved transferring her there.

A Hartford judge on Monday approved the transfer of Leslie Andino from Connecticut Valley Hospital to Berkshire Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Providence, at Connecticut Valley Hospital’s request.

Connecticut officials now say there was a misunderstanding.

Berkshire Place Administrator Joe Sousa says he decided a week and a half ago that his facility couldn’t meet Andino’s needs.

Andino set a 2003 fire that killed 16 fellow patients at Greenwood Health Center in Hartford. She was declared incompetent to stand trial and committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, where she remains.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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