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Elderly Detroit woman brutally beaten, robbed inside her home

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DETROIT (WJBK) -  A 76-year-old Detroit woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit after she was brutally beaten and robbed inside her home on Tuesday.

Her family and police tell Fox 2's Andrea Isom there have recently been several landlord-tenant issues.

"My mother has called the 12th district and asked for assistance," says David Retland.

"There were multiple complaints that we have on record but most of them were landlord-tenant," says Detroit Police Deputy Chief Renee Hall. David's mother called complaining about the chaos and commotion coming from her young tenants who were renting the upper portion of her property.

"There was a lot of activity that she was not comfortable with going back and forth, and I think at some point she feared for her safety and she wanted the tenants gone," says Hall.

David's mother was in the process of evicting the two ladies on the lease.

"It may be two people on the lease, but it ends up being 20 people in the residence. So something has to happen, from a legal perspective, of how to get these people out faster as far as evictions," says David.

Because maybe what happened earlier this week, in broad daylight, would not have.

"Somebody broke into her house, stole three televisions and brutally beat her," says David.

"Someone knew her level of vulnerability. It could have been someone who frequents the location regularly and they saw an opportunity to take advantage," says Hall.

"She has contusions on the skull where they hit her with this heavy glass lamp. She has stitches where they broke her nose. They broke her eye sockets. They also broke her jaw," says David.

David's mother needs extensive reconstructive surgery, which starts on Friday. Her brother found her inside her home several hours after she was viciously attacked.

"He found her laying in pool of blood," says David.

"We were able to obtain some DNA from some property in the house and we're hoping that will give us some leads," says Hall.

David drafted a letter to the chief of police and to City Council expressing his outrage, and Hall agrees.

"The Detroit Police Department will not stand for this kind of behavior. We pledge that we will find out who this individual is and we're coming after you," she says.
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