Video: Carer and son arrested over brutal attack on 93-year-old in her bed
THE two people arrested over the brutal attack of 93-year-old Emma Winnall are one of her carers and her son, it has emerged.
The 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested on Thursday in a dawn raid at an address in hall Green, Birmingham.
They were questioned about the attack in Mrs Winnall’s home in the city’s Moseley area between 9pm on April 30th and 9am on May 1st, before being released on bail and ordered to report back to police in July.
The pensioner suffered a severed finger, fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist during the assault, which was launched as she slept in her bed.
Police said last week that the motive remained unclear as there was little evidence of anything having been stolen, no sign of a break-in and Mrs Winnall could not think of any reason why she would be attacked.
Mrs Winnall, a great-grandmother, pictured in her forties
Her family released graphic pictures of the mother of five and grandmother of seven lying bloodied and bruised in her hospital bed in a bid to catch the culprits.
After the arrests, Miss Winnall’s son, John, said he was “relieved”, adding: “It’s good that they seem to be making progress.”
He said he doubted that his mother would return home, but “will probably go to a care home or something when she leaves hospital”.
He said: “She's stable, a lot better than she was.
“She was saying to me last week that she doesn't want to go home because she doesn't think she would be able to sleep.
"We are all just thankful she is safe and alive.”
During an emotional press conference at the time of the attack, Emma's daughter Joyce Blencoe, 56, tearfully told how her mum cried out for help while she was attacked.
She said: "To see your own mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare.
"It broke my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum in hospital say to me 'I was screaming for help but no-one came.'"
A £5,000 reward has been offered by crimestoppers, which has been doubled by a local businessman.