- The story only gets weirder, and sadder, from here.
The mom was found under a pile of clothes and an autopsy determined that she had been decomposing there for at least a year.
An officer showed up to the residence and while talking to the residents, the following conversation was overheard over the call to the dispatcher:
“Who is this upstairs?” the deputy questioned. “That’s your mother?”
“How long has she been deceased?”
“You don’t know how long she’s been deceased?”
This is when they found her, 56-year-old Laronda Jolly. Her four adult children were living with her at the time, and all of them are intellectually disabled.
None of them told anyone that she had died.
“She was on a bed, they piled clothes on top of her body and they stayed in the apartment with their decaying mother,” said Laronda’s brother, Anthony Jolly. “They knew better, but they were going by what their mother said, they were obeying their mother’s wishes – just let her lay there, no matter what. Don’t call anybody, and that’s what they done.”
“For them to stay in that apartment with your own mother’s decaying body, I can’t understand it — and I guess I never will understand it.”
The last time Jolly had talked to her was “well 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,'” he said.
He knows now that he was intentionally misled by his nieces and nephews — a 30-year-old woman, two 27-year-old twin boys and a 27-year-old sister–and while on the phone he wasn’t speaking to his sister, but instead one off the kids that was impersonating her.
“They lied every time,” he said. “They would not tell me the truth.”
Jolly attempted to have a welfare check done but police reported that she was not home at the time. One of the nieces told him that they were “obeying their mother’s wishes to let (her) lay there,” he said. “That’s what they told me, but everything else they told me is a lie. So, you know, I’m not sure if I believe that, either.”
There were no signs of trauma or foul play but because of the year long decomposition, the exact manner of death may never be known. No charges have been filed against the siblings, whose housing and needs are now being assisted by a local ministry.
Jolly still wants to know what happened to his sister.
“She was a person that once you met her, most people would just fall in love with my sister because she was just that kind of person,” he said, according to WSMV. “She could talk to anybody and talk about anything to anybody.”
“If she had a health condition,” he told WKRN, “I didn’t know about it.”