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.
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.