Abused woman with rotting legs dies, children arrested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An abused elderly woman is dead, and police believe her own children are responsible.

The woman’s condition was so bad her leg was decaying from the inside, and ruptured.

Rose Fayne, the victim’s daughter, bonded out of jail.

Fayne’s son, Rodney Cleveland, was recently locked up.

Police said Cleveland knew exactly what was going on inside of the house in the 3700 block of Jolyn but said nothing about it.

Severely neglected and living in agony, police said 77-year-old Betty Cleveland died at the hospital Wednesday.

“It’s just something that should not happen,” Alex Bebie said.  “You shouldn’t neglect or let anything like that happen especially to your parents.”

Police said Rose Fayne called Crossroads Hospice to care for her mom.

When a worker arrived, they called police when they saw her leg busted open and rotting.

Cleveland remained locked up Thursday evening, Fayne paid $30,000 to get out of jail.

WREG went by the house to ask Fayne some questions.

No one answered the door where, neighbors said, they had no idea of the horrors happening inside the home.

“I mean we’ve been here for about 7 years and didn’t expect anything like that,” Bebie said.  “Honestly, didn’t even know her mother was living with her.”

“I will say elder maltreatment is a pervasive problem,” said Dora Ivey, Executive Director of the Aging Commission of the Mid-South.

Ivey said abuse to seniors is an issue that happens all too often in Memphis.

“Oh I think it’s scary.  I think it’s horrifying,” Ivey explained.  “All of us are aging and I think we have to think what will come of me?”

Cleveland is expected in court Friday morning.


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