Alachua man, 78, accused of hitting granddaughter with gun

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.

An Alachua man was arrested Tuesday night after deputies say he struck his granddaughter several times on the head with a handgun.

Alachua County sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed disturbance around 11 p.m. at the house of Edward Emery Taylor, 78, of 13220 W. State Road 236. Deputies found Taylor’s 42-year-old granddaughter, who had blood coming out of her head, the report said.

She told deputies Taylor had hit her several times on the head with a handgun. Deputies found Taylor outside the house, and he said the victim had come over to his house to use the phone when they got into an argument.

Taylor said his granddaughter called him names, according to a Sheriff's Office report. When she said she “had something for him,” Taylor pulled a handgun from under his chair and said he “had something for her as well,” the report said.

The victim said she tried to disarm her grandfather physically. Taylor struck the victim several times, causing her to bleed and lose consciousness for several seconds, the report said.

Taylor and his granddaughter have lived together in the past, the report said.

Taylor was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery, according to the report. As of Wednesday, he was being held at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

- Monivette Cordeiro

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