LaPorte County Police are investigating whether an 80-year-old woman, unable to get up for two days, was knocked to the floor of her home.
The woman told investigators she ate only the cat food within her reach before she was found by paramedics and whisked away in an ambulance.
"Hopefully she is going to be all right. We're more concerned about her well-being," said LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives Pat Cicero.
Police have the name of a possible suspect who the woman alleged caused her to fall by punching her in the head then refused to help her off the floor.
According to police, the woman was discovered Monday in her home in the 3800 block of South Mitchell Drive, about two miles south of LaPorte.
She was admitted to IU Health LaPorte Hospital, and police two days later were contacted by a social worker suspecting foul play.
The woman said she fell after punched by the man who then shoved her to the floor, according to police.
She told police she lost consciousness then was unable to stand after waking up.
She said the man refused to help her off the floor and ignored her pleas for food and water.
Eventually, 911 was called, but the woman was not able to say who made the call, said police.
She also was not clear on many other specifics due to her "mental state," police said.
Cicero said the extent of her injuries and whether she suffered a concussion or some other head injury was not immediately disclosed by the hospital due to privacy laws.
At some point, he said investigators will be given her medical information to determine whether criminal charges will be pursued.
Police said medical professionals expected the woman to remain in the hospital "for some time."
Arrangements were also being made to find the woman alternative housing.
Cicero said detectives will question the woman again but if her memory doesn't get any better every attempt will be made to more clearly piece together the puzzle.