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Great-Grandmother Allegedly Slaps Granddaughter With Slipper Because She Wouldn't Get Out Of Bed

This granny won't take no crap.

This granny won't take no crap.

A 95-year-old Florida great-grandmother ended up behind bars after allegedly slapping her granddaughter in the face with a slipper during an argument.

Hattie Reynolds was charged with misdemeanor battery and released on her own recognizance, records show.

The matriarch madness started Sunday when Reynolds called the Daytona Beach Police Department on her 46-year-old granddaughter, Janeen Williams, because she wouldn't get out of her bed.

“I got a gran in my bed and I can’t ... get her out from my bed,” Reynolds told a non-emergency police operator, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.  

“I ain’t got nothing to pay bill on air condition all the time for her to go into the room,” Reynolds added.

When police arrived at the home, Williams told them Reynolds had slapped her in the face with a slipper during a dispute.

Reynolds said her granddaughter "would not get out of the bed and was screaming and swearing at her," according to a police report. Reynolds "then began to start yelling and smacked (Williams) in the face with the shoes she had on."

Williams said she wasn't injured and didn’t want to press charges, and she refused to give a statement. But police still arrested the 5-foot tall Reynolds and took her to the Volusia County jail, where she spent the night.

A News Journal reporter visited Reynolds at her home Monday. The grandmother said she didn't want to discuss her time in jail, but added, "Only my feet hurt and I need to sit."

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri defended Reynolds’ arrest, saying that a Florida domestic violence law required an arrest be made.

But that law, Florida Statute 741.29 (3), only says officers may, not must, arrest a person in a domestic violence situation once probable cause is established. 

“The officer may arrest the person or persons suspected of its commission and charge such person or persons with the appropriate crime,” the law states.

[Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Department]

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