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Caretaker indicted in vulnerable woman’s beating death

In June of 2020, police were called to a on Hunters Point in Cordova where officers found 59-year-old Cynthia Garrison dead
Credit: Shelby County Jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A caretaker at a non-licensed home for elderly and vulnerable adults has been indicted on first-degree murder and other felony charges involving a woman who was found dead in her metal-frame hospital bed.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Anthony Freeman, 53, also was indicted on counts of aggravated abuse and neglected of a vulnerable adult, and tampering with evidence. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $150,000 bond.

On June 19, 2020, police were called to the residence in the 900 block of Hunters Point in Cordova where officers found 59-year-old Cynthia Garrison dead with blunt force injuries and cuts on her body.

Officers located and viewed a video-recording system that showed in the hours before her death, the victim fell out of bed and then for more than two hours was beaten with a board by Freeman.

She was left on the floor while Freeman sat in a nearby chair. He eventually got her back into the bed and was shown on the video cleaning up the area where he had beaten the victim.

Freeman is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $150,000 bond.