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Lake Delton man charged with battering grandmother

April 27, 2018 GMT

Officials say a Lake Delton man injured his disabled grandmother when he threw a chair at her during a domestic dispute Tuesday.

Prosecutors have charged Damian D. Olsen, 19, with felony aggravated battery of an elderly person and misdemeanor disorderly conduct related to a series of events that allegedly took place earlier this week.

According to the criminal complaint, the grandmother had asked her niece to move in as a caretaker. The niece and another female began living at the home last week, which allegedly prompted a series of disputes between the grandmother and three other residents of the home, including Olsen.

During one altercation, Olsen and two others allegedly swore at the elderly woman and “held up their middle fingers” in front of her face. Olsen then picked up a kitchen chair and threw it at his grandmother as she was seated in an electric wheelchair, according to the complaint.

The grandmother told police that she initially thought the chair had broken her arm. The woman reported “8 out of 10” pain, and police documented bruising to her forearm and shin.

Witnesses also reported other instances in which Olsen became unhinged, including one in which he allegedly threw a ceramic mug at the niece. She successfully dodged it, the complaint states.

The niece called authorities to the home to report the incidents Wednesday night. Later that same night, she called police back to the residence as Olsen and another person tried to enter through a back door. Olsen was arrested with a pocketknife in his front pocket, police reported.

Olsen was released from jail Thursday on a $1,000 signature bond. He is due to appear in court May 29.