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Mother: My daughter beat me with a rake

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-10 10:26:28-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) Shortly before sunrise in Eastern Henrico, police responded to a 911 call that 60-year-old Betsy Williams had been attacked—by her own daughter.

Suspect, and daughter, 30-year-old Margaret Ann Williams-Adams flipped out on her mother with a plastic rake, the kind with a wooden handle, said Betsy.

Williams-Adams severely beat her mother in the house near Varina where they both live, said police sources.

Betsy told CBS 6 Jon Burkett that Margaret woke up in the early morning, and asked her mother for a light so she could make her way downstairs. Betsy couldn’t find it fast enough, and she said her daughter lost it and began to beat her.

Williams escaped to the neighbor’s house, and called 911. Police arrived to find Williams badly beaten, with various wounds; fracture, abrasions and a knot the size of a fist.

Recently the water pipes bust, and the family has no money to fix the problem. The condition means that many of the lights can’t be used in the house.

The house is headed to foreclosure, and there is minimal food in the house.

To make matters worse, said Betsy, there is no money to pay for Margaret's prescription for her bi-polar condition. And there is no transportation for either to work, says Betsey, who was laid off last year from Lowes. She lives on $100 a week.

When police arrived to the scene, they detained Margaret. They had to taser her two times before being able to subdue and cuff her. Her cuffs were done in the front which allowed her access to the seat belt inside the police vehicle.

Margaret was able to undo the seat belt, said police sources, and attempted to choke herself.

She is now being held in psychiatric ward at St. Mary’s Hospital. Betsy has been released from VCU Medical Center.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending.