Wine-drinking Dunnellon woman accused of battering, terrorizing cancer patient

Amanda Lynn Brown

A 29-year-old Dunnellon woman was charged with simple domestic battery after she allegedly hit and terrorized a weak cancer patient who wouldn’t let her use her car to go buy wine.

The victim told Marion County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday that sometime during the previous night, Amanda Lynn Brown came into her room, woke her up and asked if she could use the victim’s vehicle to go to Walmart to get another bottle of wine because Brown’s vehicle isn’t registered. When the victim refused, Brown became hostile but eventually left the victim alone and went to the store in her own vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Brown had an appointment at the methadone clinic in the morning and when she came back, she noticed that the victim had put a cover over the thermostat control panel. The victim said Brown came into her room very irate and got into her face while she was hitting the victim in the leg, the report said.

The victim is a recovering cancer patient and is very weak, so she became nervous and fled to her vehicle in the driveway, which is where she stayed unto the deputies arrived, according to the report.

Deputies observed that Brown was still very emotional and irate a half-hour after the incident. She was evasive while answering questions but admitted she went into the victim’s room and got in her face while yelling at her. Brown denied touching the victim, the report said.

Brown’s juvenile son was sleeping in the victim’s room during the incident. He said he saw Brown in the victim’s face while she was yelling at her. He didn’t recall seeing Brown hitting the victim, but he said he was on the other side of the room and was in the process of waking up, according to the report.

Brown was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Saturday on $500 bond. She’s due to appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 7.