Man pushes elderly mother and calls her an ‘old hag’

Charles Williams Phillips, of Vero Beach, Florida, was arrested after pushing his 84-year-old mother.
Charles Williams Phillips, of Vero Beach, Florida, was arrested after pushing his 84-year-old mother.

A Vero Beach man was arrested after pushing his 84-year-old mother to the ground and calling her an “old hag,” according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Williams Phillips, 56, told deputies that he “accidentally pushed her” and stated she “must have fallen,” according to the affidavit.

The mother was transported by ambulance with a hip injury to the hospital. Phillips stated he “did not know his mother was hurt or in the ambulance,” records show.

The elderly mother said her son pushed her in the home and stated: “you old bit**, I should have done this a long ago.” She stated that Phillips was yelling at her and calling her an “old hag,” the affidavit said.

“He slammed his bedroom door several times in [the victim’s face]. [The victim] asked for her cell phone and credit card back. Mr. Phillips exited the room and slammed them both in her hand. He then pushed her three times and on the third push, she fell, hit her head on the wall and fell on her side,” the deputy said.

Phillips denied ever pushing his mother. Phillips was charged with Battery on Person over 65 and is still being held at the Indian River County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.