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CROWN POINT | Prosecutors charged a Gary woman and her 16-year-old son with attempted murder and other felonies after a Lake Station man was beaten with a baseball bat.

The man told police the woman, with whom he has children, and two of the woman's other sons struck him in the head numerous times with the bat before one of the young men put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The man believed the gun jammed, saving his life.

Charged Friday with attempted murder, robbery, carjacking and battery were Annie Hilliard, 38, and her son, Kenneth Coleman, 16, both of Gary. Hilliard's 19-year-old son, Ronte Terrell, of Merrillville, was charged with three counts of battery, robbery and carjacking. Coleman is being charged as an adult.

A probable cause affidavit states the man and Hilliard were having dinner Wednesday at Hilliard's home when an argument ensued about missing salad dressing and wasting food.

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When the man returned to his Lake Station home, he found salad dressing had been poured over some of his clothes, the affidavit states.

After he fell asleep, he was awakened by Hilliard, who asked him to come outside where she, Coleman and Terrell are alleged to have struck him repeatedly with the bat. Terrell is alleged to have placed the handgun to his head and pulled the trigger.

The man lost consciousness for some time before coming to and going for help, the affidavit states. Missing were the man's papers, wallet, cellphone and 1983 Buick LeSabre. 

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