Woman arrested for allegedly battering mother

2013-02-04T12:00:00Z 2013-02-05T00:58:25Z Woman arrested for allegedly battering motherJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A 38-year-old Portage woman was arrested Sunday night on charges she battered and attempted to strangle her mother in an effort to get money from her.

Lisa J. Arend, of 5259 Heath St., was charged with intimidation, battery to a household member with a child present, battery by bodily fluid to law enforcement, battery, battery to law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Police were called to the residence at 11:47 p.m. Sunday by a friend of Arend's who had been staying with her.

Police found Arend pacing back and forth in a bedroom and an elderly female, later identified as Arend's 65-year-old mother, "cowering in the corner." As police tried to lead the older woman from the bedroom, Arend allegedly blocked her way by putting her legs across her mother's path.

When the woman was escorted to the kitchen, she told police her daughter had gotten money from her earlier in the day to go to a bar in Lake Station, but then returned home and demanded more money.

When the woman told Arend she had no more money, she began punching her mother in the head, then twisted a sweatshirt into a rope and held it against her mother's throat. Arend also allegedly took a metal reaching aid and "speared" her mother in the chest. The woman, who police described as frail and had recently had surgery, said she repeated asked her daughter to stop, but Arend did not.

Arend also allegedly told the friend, who had been staying in the home with her husband and four children, but was in the process of moving out, that once she left, "I'm gonna kill her ... she's dead."

Arend was combative with police during the incident and was shocked with a Taser in an effort to gain control of her before police could place her in handcuffs.

Her mother told police her daughter's attempts to manipulate and intimidate her was not unusual and that she feared for her safety when her daughter was released from jail.

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