A woman from Sebastian, Florida was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly bit her own mother over cigarettes.
Police were called to a Cumberland Farms convenience store at around 1:30 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit. Upon their arrival, they spoke to the mother of 32-year-old Lindsey Nichole Theissen, who had already fled on foot. The mother claimed Theissen bit her on her hand and arm and pulled her hair as they drove up to Cumberland Farms. They were headed to the store so that Theissen could pick up cigarettes.
The responding officer saw visible injuries on the mother but she didn’t want to get treated. Instead, she cited the injuries as minor. That's not all the officer saw.
“I observed a large quantity of gray hair in the passenger seat and center console,” the officer wrote, adding that the hair was consistent with the color and length of the mother's.
The mother and daughter live together and things got heated before they even headed out to the store, according to the arrest affidavit. Theissen was reportedly getting upset with her mom at their home because she felt she was taking too long to drive her to Cumberland Farms. That argument continued as they got into the car.
It is unclear why Theissen couldn’t drive herself.
Here’s how police say it went down: After Theissen battered her mother, she stole her cell phone. Then, the mother grabbed Theissen by her hair to keep her from leaving with her phone.
The police didn’t just see a pile of grey hair in the car. There was a pile of black hair, too.
When police caught up with Theissen, she claimed that it was her mother who attacked first and she acted in self-defense.
Theissen has been charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence. It is unclear if she has a lawyer to represent her at this time.
Her body art indicates she might have only temporal interest in the legal system. She has a tattoo on her lower back that declares, “Only I can judge me,” according to her booking records.
She has since been released on $1,000 bond.
[Photo: Indian River County Sheriff’s Office]