A Missouri man was arrested after he allegedly struck his mother in the head with a skillet and beat her up in the midst of a Thanksgiving argument.
Larry J. Oates, a 55-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, denied attacking his mother or arguing with her before the holiday meal, reports WDAF.
When questioned, he initially told police that she had an accident but later changed his story and said he thought somebody had attacked her.
The mother said that a conversation between herself and her son got heated as she sat down to the dinner table. At that point, he allegedly grabbed a 6-inch pan and smacked her in the back of the head with it, which sent her falling to the floor.
He then lunged on top of her, put his hands around her neck and choked her, becoming more violent as she tried to fight back and get him off of her, she told authorities. She said that at that time, he started striking her in the head with his closed fists, so she began to say prayers.
Oates then allegedly told her that she didn't need to pray because she "would be with Jesus soon," the mom recounted to authorities. She reportedly begged him to stop hurting her, but he continued the beating until she lost consciousness.
Oate's brother reportedly then showed up at the house and found his mother lying on the floor, while Oates paced around the house, completely in a daze. The brother called 911 and reported the unsettling scene.
Officers immediately arrested Oates, while paramedics transported his mother to the hospital. She had a number of bruises on her head and face and was also bleeding. Blood covered her clothing as well as Oates' and dotted the dining table and floor.
Her left eye was bulging out of the socket and had completely hemorrhaged, and she had bruises and other marks indicative of being strangled, police noted.
Oates was booked and charged with assault causing serious physical injury and armed criminal action, reports KSHB. He is scheduled to appear in court for an initial arraignment on Dec. 14 and as of Nov. 27 was still in jail on a $250,000 bond.
If convicted of assault in the first degree, Oates could face 10 to 30 years or even life in prison under Missouri's legal code, notes Criminal Defense Lawyer.