Mesa resident Kurtis Brian Palmateer was arrested on aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating his grandmother because she didn't make his dinner and her dog was annoying him, reports KPHO. In another strange twist, Palmateer was the one who called 911 and reportedly confessed to the crime.
The 22-year-old hit is suspected of hitting his 65-year-old grandmother several times in the face with his fists, knees and feet, according to authorities. Luckily, she escaped to the bathroom, when Palmateer, for unknown reasons, called the emergency hotline.
The woman was taken to the Scottsdale Osborn Hospital, where she is in stable condition and being treated for a fractured left cheek and nose, two black eyes, and bleeding in her brain. She already suffers from lupus, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and a degenerative spine disease, according to Mesa police.
Although KPHO states that Kurtis Brian Palmateer faces aggravated assault charges, he may also be found guilty of vulnerable adult abuse given the fragile condition of his grandmother. Under Arizona law, it is a crime to cause a "vulnerable adult" to suffer physical injury under circumstances likely to produce death or serious physical injury.
A vulnerable adult is defined as any individual who is eighteen years of age or older and who is unable to protect him or herself from abuse, neglect or exploitation because of mental or physical impairment. If done intentionally or knowingly, vulnerable adult abuse is a class 2 felony.
If you think you have been the victim of vulnerable adult abuse or know someone who may be, a Phoenix family law attorney can inform you of the rights of vulnerable adults under state law.
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- Police: Man Beat Up Grandmother after She Didn't Make Him Dinner (The Arizona Republic)
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- Guardianships and Vulnerable Adults in Arizona (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)