A post-mortem examination will be conducted today on a pensioner who died following a savage attack in her home.
Emma Winnall, 93, died in hospital yesterday, nearly a month after she was found badly beaten in her bed in Moseley, Birmingham.
Police say that given the extent of Mrs Winnall's injuries, her age and her vulnerability, their investigation had always been treated with the same level of seriousness as a murder inquiry.
Officers managed to speak to the 93-year-old in hospital in the days following her attack.
West Midlands Police have appealed again for information following the death of pensioner Emma Winnall nearly a month after she was attacked at her home in Birmingham.
Superintendent Richard Baker, Head of Major Crime at the force, renewed their appeal in what has now become a murder inquiry.
This is desperately sad news. Our condolences go out to Emma's family and friends.
This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed.
No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting - I'm asking people to look into their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who may be responsible to contact police.
Emma Winnall had been in intensive care since May 1 after being found badly injured in her bed.
She suffered a fractured skull and broken arm in the savage attack.
A pensioner who was attacked in her home in Moseley, Birmingham, nearly a month ago, has passed away.
West Midlands Police said 93-year-old Emma Winnall died this morning of complications arising from her injuries.
I would like to thank Crimestoppers for offering this reward and say again that local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible attack.
If you believe that you have any piece of information that may help our inquiries, I would ask you to call us or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.
– West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal
This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed. No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting – I'm asking people to look into their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who may be responsible to contact police.
A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered for information regarding the attack on 94-year-old Emma Winnall from Birmingham.
Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has put up the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attack.
Mrs Winnall suffered horrific injuries including a fractured skull and a partially severed finger after being badly beaten overnight last Monday night (30 April) into Tuesday morning in her home in Pensby Close, Moseley. She remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Chief Inspector Sarb Johal from West Midlands Police updates the media on the investigation into the attack of 94-year-old Emma Winnall as she slept.