DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A 95-year-old great-grandmother was arrested last weekend in Florida after she hit her 46-year-old granddaughter in the face with a slipper, WFTV reported.
Hattie Reynolds told Daytona Beach police officers that she hit her granddaughter, Janeen Williams, because Williams refused to get out of bed and leave her Loomis Avenue home. Williams was also reportedly screaming and swearing at her grandmother.
Reynolds called Volusia County dispatch’s nonemergency number to request police assistance.
“I want her out of the bed, and I don’t want to get myself in trouble,” Reynolds can be heard saying to a dispatcher. “She don’t listen to me,” Reynolds said. “She won’t get out. I don’t want no trouble.”
Reynolds was concerned that by staying in her room all day, Williams would be using a lot of air conditioning that she has to pay for. “I ain’t got nothing to pay bill on air condition all the time for her to go into the room,” Reynolds told the dispatcher.
Reynolds told the dispatcher that she did not have any weapons, but was unsure if her granddaughter had one.
Williams was not injured, and reportedly told police that she did not want to press charges. However, according to a news release, Reynolds was arrested — and charged with battery — after she admitted to slapping Williams in the face with a slipper.
According to the Associated Press, Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said that, technically, Reynolds’ actions qualified as domestic violence.
Reynolds has reportedly been released on her own recognizance.
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Main photo: Hattie Reynolds [Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]