Four adult siblings lived with the decaying body of their dead mother for over a year, authorities have said. Laronda Jolly was found under a pile of clothes by a police officer in Nashville, Tennessee. He had come to evict the four adult siblings who lived at the home before spotting the 56-year-old's corpse.
When the officer asked one of the home's occupants how long she had been dead for, they replied "Years?", reported WTVF. Medical examiner Dr Feng Li later concluded in an autopsy that Mrs Jolly had been dead for at least a year. None of her four adult children, who had learning difficulties and lived with her, had reported the death.
According to Mrs Jolly's brother, Anthony, the siblings had been told by their mother not to let anyone she had died and to let her lay there. He told WSMV: “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."
Mr Jolly said that he last spoke to his sister more than two years ago. When he went to visit her children they would say she was asleep. He claims he was intentionally misled by his nieces and nephews, who are a 30-year-old woman, two 27-year-old twin boys and a 27-year-old sister.
On occasions, he would call the house and one of them would impersonate Mrs Jolly, he said. Mr Jolly asked police in August to conduct a welfare check, but they reported back that his sister was not home at the time. The siblings told their uncle Mrs Jolly had asked to be left on her bed, but he now doubts that excuse. "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," he said.
There were no obvious signs of trauma on the body, but its decomposed state made the autopsy difficult. No charges have been announced against the siblings. "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," Mr Jolly said.