Man charged with hitting grandmother over dog

Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.

A Levy County man was charged with domestic battery on his 69-year-old grandmother after she told him he was not caring properly for a dog she had given him.

Jeffrey M. Martin II, 25, of rural Chiefland, was charged by the Levy County Sheriff's Office with domestic battery on a person over age 65.

In an arrest report, Deputy Robert Cannon said the incident happened on Saturday morning inside the grandmother's home between Chiefland and Cedar Key. The grandmother told deputies that Martin got mad at her because she told him she was going to take back the dog. The grandmother said Martin had not been treating the dog properly and she felt she had to take it back.

Martin responded by hitting the grandmother on her right shoulder, then hitting a kitchen wall hard enough to damage it, Cannon said. According to Cannon's report, Martin admitted to pushing his grandmother, but said he did not push her very hard.

The grandmother said she did not need medical care.

Martin was booked into the Levy County jail in Bronson.

— Karen Voyles

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