The David County deputy’s call to the dispatcher captured the conversation between the officer and residents he came to evict from an apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. They were being evicted for past-due rent, according to PEOPLE.
Under a pile of clothing on her bed was the body of Laronda Jolly, 56. She had been placed there for at least a year, according to medical examiner Dr. Feng Li, reports WTVF.
All four children lived with her and are intellectually disabled, according to the police. None had told anyone that their mother had passed.
“She was on a bed, they piled clothes on top of her body and stayed in the apartment with their decaying mother,” said Laronda’s brother, Anthony Jolly reports WKRN. “They knew better, but they were going by what their mother said, they were obeying their mother’s wishes- just let me lay there, no matter what. Don’t call anybody, and that’s what they done.”
Anthony went on to say he can’t understand how they could stay in the apartment all this time. He last knowingly spoke to her over two years ago.
“I started going down there, and my nieces and nephews would say, ‘Well she’s asleep. You can’t see her right now.’ I would say, ‘Well all I want to do is see my sister. If I can just see her face I’ll be fine and I’ll leave you alone,'” Anthony said.
He now thinks that his nieces and nephews lied to him and that whenever he called, someone else pretended to be Laronda.
Anthony asked for police to do a welfare check back in August, and heard back she was not home at the time.
There were no obvious signs of trauma revealed in the autopsy, however, the state of decomposition makes the exact cause of death uncertain, according to Li.
Authorities haven’t placed charges on the siblings. Their housing and basic needs are being helped by a local ministry, according to WKRN.