Woman with dementia, 88, found beaten to death on east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 21, 2013)– Indianapolis police are investigating the beating death of an 88-year-old east side woman with dementia.

According to a Marion County coroner’s report, Ruth Rainsberger was found at her home Tuesday afternoon in the 800 block of North Shortridge Road with “multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the head.”

The death has been ruled a homicide.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Rainsberger’s 56-year-old son found her around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near the front door of her unit at the Orleans Apartments.

The son told police Rainsberger suffered from dementia, and he checked on her every day.

When he got there, her head was bloody but she was still breathing. The door was unlocked, the report said, and a green blanket covered her head. The son called 911.

Rainsberger went to Wishard Memorial Hospital after the attack and was pronounced dead Wednesday.

An upstairs neighbor told police he didn’t hear any disturbances from Rainsberger’s apartment. No arrests have been made.

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