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Police: Woman dies after her children ignored rotting legs

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It's unclear who else may have known about the reported abuse. (Photo Source: Memphis police) It's unclear who else may have known about the reported abuse. (Photo Source: Memphis police)
(Photo Source: Memphis police) (Photo Source: Memphis police)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Memphis police say a brother and sister knowingly neglected their own mother, whose legs were left to rot.

Memphis police say 58-year-old Rose Fayne's mother, 77-year-old Betty Cleveland, was found inside the home, severely neglected. According to the affidavit, Cleveland's legs were "burst open and rotting from the inside."

Cleveland died Wednesday morning at Methodist North Hospital, where she was taken after police say her daughter Rose Fayne finally called hospice for help.

It's unclear who else may have known about the reported abuse. Neighbors say Fayne's husband, who is sick, also lives at the home and family members drop by all of the time.

Advocates for older adults say far too many caregivers show little care for dependent adults.

"They're not changing them, they're not feeding them, they're stealing their meds, they're stealing their money," said Dora Ivey, Aging Commission of the Mid-South.

The commission is just one agency where families can turn for help, since a growing number of them are either overwhelmed or unwilling to provide compassionate care.

As of Wednesday night, Rose Fayne is charged with willful physical abuse or gross negligence. She bonded out of jail Wednesday evening. 

Rodney Cleveland has the same charges. He was still in jail on a $30,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.

To report elder abuse in Tennessee, call Adult Protective Services at 1-888-APS-TENN.

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