Pensioner Dies In Hospital After Attack
|Emma Winnall, the elderly lady found badly beaten in the bed of her Moseley home earlier this month, has passed away in hospital this morning.
The 93-year-old, who suffered a fractured skull and broken arm in the attack, had been in intensive care since May 1 but this morning, at 4.25am, died as a result of complications arising from her injuries.
A post mortem examination will take place today to determine the precise cause of her death.
Head of Major Crime, Superintendent Richard Baker said: "This is desperately sad news…our condolences go out to Emma's family and friends.
"Clearly, this has now become a murder inquiry. But given the extent of Emma's injuries, combined with her age and vulnerability, this investigation has always been treated with the same level of seriousness as a murder investigation."
"Two people remain on police bail having been arrested in connection with the assault. However, our enquiries continue and I'm still appealing for anyone with information to come forward and speak to us in confidence.
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"This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed. No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting – I'm asking people to look into their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who may be responsible to contact police."
Detailed forensic analysis is continuing on items removed from Mrs Winnall's Pensby Close home, whilst a Crimestoppers reward of £5,000 is now available to anyone who provides information which leads to a conviction.
The two people already arrested, a 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man from Hall Green, are due to answer bail at a date in July.
Widow Mrs Winnall was attacked in her bed overnight between Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May.
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