A woman accused of using a hammer to assault her 94-year-old mother turned herself in Thursday, authorities said.
Sandy Mathis, 56, allegedly beat Willie Monroe with a hammer inside her northwest Atlanta home Dec. 3, breaking both of her hands, Atlanta police previously told AJC.com. She faces charges of aggravated assault and simple battery.
Mathis had lived with Monroe for the past 20 years in the 1700 block of Thomas Drive, Channel 2 Action News reported. Monroe allegedly asked Mathis’ boyfriend to leave that night around 10 p.m., which prompted the incident.
Police responded to the home but Mathis told them the apparent bruises on her mother’s hands were from a recent fall, so she wasn’t arrested at the scene.
Atlanta police sent a statement that said, in part: “Officers offered the mother EMS, but she declined several times. At the time of the call, officers did not feel there was evidence to support the claim the mother was assaulted with a hammer.”
However, Monroe went to Grady Memorial Hospital after investigators left, and doctors determined she had serious hand injuries, which is what prompted the arrest warrants to be obtained against her daughter.
Mathis remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond, according to jail records. Her first court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said.
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