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Texas Man Accused Of Pushing Elderly Father Off A Cliff And Then Laughing About It

Gerald McCants is alleged to have lured his father to a cliff by telling him that he wanted to show him a rattlesnake. The 78-year-old victim survived the fall.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Facts About Elder Abuse And Prevention

A Texas man was arrested on Sunday after authorities say he pushed his elderly father off of a cliff and then, according to the victim, laughed about it.

Gerald McCants, 49, was arrested Sunday and charged with third-degree felony injury to an elderly person with intent to cause bodily harm, jail records show. An arrest affidavit obtained by Austin’s Fox 7 states that McCants’ father, who is 78 years old, told police that, on Sunday morning, his son told him that he wanted him to come see a rattlesnake that he’d found. McCants’ father agreed, and the two traveled around half a mile away by car; McCants’ father said that his son then lured him off the main road and near a cliff, claiming that the rattlesnake was nearby.

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That’s when things allegedly took a turn, according to McCants’ father. He told police that, while he was standing near the edge of the cliff in an attempt to find the rattlesnake, his son came and pushed him in the side, sending him tumbling several feet down over rocky terrain, according to Fox 7. McCants’ father told authorities that he believed the fall was around 40 feet and that, as he fell, he could hear his son laughing.

McCants’ father sustained injuries that include deep cuts on both his forehead and the back of his head, as well as numerous bruises and cuts on various parts of his body, according to Fox 7.

McCants was booked at the Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $20,000, online records show.