Gainesville woman accused of battering her 70-year-old mother


Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested after police say she choked and repeatedly hit her mother, who has a pacemaker, early Friday morning.

Crystal Marie Ross, 39, of 1410 NE Fourth St., was charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older after an argument with her 70-year-old mother escalated, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

At about 4 a.m. Friday, Ross began hitting her mother repeatedly, the report states. She is accused of pulling her mother’s hair and choking her, while aware that her mother had a pacemaker and that complications could arise from physical exertion.

Ross’ mother told officials she could breathe while her daughter attempted to choke her but was afraid because of previous breathing problems, according to the report. The victim showed no obvious signs of injury.

Ross was arrested in 2012 on the same charge after police said she pushed her mother to the ground and put her hand against her mother’s throat. After that incident, her mother also had bruises on her chest, according to the earlier report.

The 2012 charge was dropped, according to online court records.

Ross was being held Friday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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