Betty SkinnerAge 52
5 Dec 2013
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/5-Dec-2013/Betty Skinner
Betty was found dead in her apartment by a home-health aide. She had been beaten around the head.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police are investigating a suspected homicide after a 52-year-old disabled Cleveland woman was found dead in a senior apartment complex Thursday morning.
A home health care worker found Betty Skinner dead in her bed at Deaconess Krafft Center in Old Brooklyn Thursday morning, with what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head, according to police.
Skinner was physically disabled and required assisted living, including regular visits from a home health care worker, police said. The worker had left Skinner's home about 10 p.m. Wednesday, before returning and finding Skinner with "severe head injuries" the next the morning.
Skinner, a longtime resident of Deaconess-Krafft, legally changed her name from [deadname] in Cuyahoga County Probate Court in 2002, records indicate.
The apartment's administrators released a statement Thursday saying they are cooperating with police in the investigation "but cannot offer any details."
Skinner's fellow residents in the complex, who asked not to be identified, described her as friendly, nice and outgoing, despite a severe speech impediment.
"I don't think anyone in this building would have done that," one man said.
TvT project: Cleveland.com 07.12.2013