NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - After law enforcement found the body of East Nashville resident Laronda Jolly in her apartment she lived in with her four adult children who have developmental disabilities, several groups stepped in to help the siblings.

As Metro Police investigated, officers went to one local organization for help.

"Unfortunately, our children are exposed to a lot more than we realize and I'm sure that's the situation with this family as well," said Todd Flowers with Nashville Intercity Ministries.

Flowers says officers contacted him for assistance to take in the four siblings until Tennessee Adult Protective Services would take over care.

"They were incredibly distraught by what they saw and experienced in the middle," said Flowers.

The ministry was able to help put the siblings in a hotel for several nights. Flowers say sin this case it was the least he could do to help police who he says are put in nearly impossible situations like this every day.

"Our officers I'm sure are put in this situation a lot more than we realize," said Flowers.

Adult Protective Services explained to NEWS4 in a statement how they intend to step in to help:

Staff begin by assessing the need for protective services for vulnerable adults, including adults who because of a mental or physical impairment are unable to care for themselves. Our staff then work with a network of organizations and governmental agencies to ensure the needs of that individual are met. This can include helping locate an appropriate care-taker for the vulnerable adult and helping provide payment for that care if needed.

According to police, the discover of Jolly’s body was not the first time officers were called to the apartment.

Metro Police tell NEWS4 her brother, Anthony Jolly, called police for a welfare check on March 2, 2020 when the siblings would not allow their uncle to enter the apartment.

The officer who arrived was permitted to enter but did not see or smell anything to alert him. Also noting he did not see signs of Jolly being home. Then telling the uncle and the siblings to work out family differences on their own.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Several groups have stepped in to help the children of Laronda Jolly whose skeletal remains were found Monday in her apartment after an eviction notice was served. She hadn’t been seen by other family members since 2018.

All her adult children have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities and were living with her until her discovery. Adult Protective Services will take the lead, but organizations like Intercity Ministries have stepped in to help where they can.

“Unfortunately, our children are exposed to a lot more than we realize and I’m sure that’s the situation with this family as well,” Todd Flowers with Nashville Intercity Ministries said.

“They were incredibly distraught by what they saw and experienced in the middle.”

Flowers was able to help put the siblings in a hotel for several nights, at the police’s request, until Adult Protective Services could continue care. He says it was the least he could do to help the police who are put into nearly impossible situations like this every day.

“Our officers are put in thee situations a lot more than we realize,” Flowers says.

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