Woman arrested on charges she beat her 94-year-old mother with hammer

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Police said the woman accused of beating her elderly mother with a hammer has turned herself in to authorities.

Sandy Mathis was booked on aggravated assault and simple battery charges.

According to an Atlanta Police Department report, officers responded to the home of Willie Monroe, 94, and her daughter, Sandy Mathis, 56, after Monroe called 911 Dec. 3 to report Mathis had hit her repeatedly with the tool. The attack reportedly came after the two women got into an argument about Mathis's boyfriend being at the house late.

Police said Mathis told officers they had only had a verbal argument, but Monroe later checked herself into Grady Memorial Hospital where doctors discovered injuries to both her hands. Family members said she suffered bruises and broken bones that will take several more weeks to heal fully.

Family members said this was the culmination of years of verbal and physical abuse for more than two decades. According to Atlanta Police, they responded to the home 32 times in just the last two years.

Family members said she told them Tuesday that she planned to turn herself in originally.

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