Caretaker at unlicensed home for vulnerable adults beat woman for 2 hours leading to her death, accused of murder

Source: Shelby County Jail, MEGA

Jun. 14 2021, Published 8:20 p.m. ET

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A caretaker at an unlicensed home for vulnerable adults in Tennessee beat a woman for two hours, causing her death, prosecutors say.

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Anthony Freeman, 53, was charged with first-degree murder and other felony charges after the victim was found dead in her hospital bed, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

On June 19, 2020, police were called to a residence where they found Cynthia Garrison, 59, dead. She had blunt force injuries and cuts on her body, according to the district attorney's office.

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Officers found and viewed a video that showed that in the hours before her death, the victim fell out of bed. She was then beaten with a board for two hours by Freeman, prosecutors alleged.


Garrison was then left on the floor while Freeman sat in a nearby chair, according to the district attorney's office. He eventually put the woman back in bed

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The video also showed Garrison cleaning up the area where he had beaten Garrison, according to prosecutors.

Freeman was also indicted on counts of aggravated abuse, neglect of a vulnerable adult and tampering with evidence. He is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond.


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