Ocklawaha woman accused of domestic battery but victim says it didn’t happen

Janet Frances Batsen

An Ocklawaha woman was arrested for allegedly battering a man despite the victim’s claim he wasn’t attacked.

Janet Frances Batsen, 34, was charged Thursday with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened the previous day. The victim’s mother, who called law enforcement, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy the pair had been arguing when Batsen started slapping the victim.

The victim’s mother said she got between Batsen and the victim to get her to stop hitting him, and that Batsen reached over her and continued to slap the victim. She said the victim didn’t strike her back. The victim’s mother said Batsen left briefly but returned and started hitting the victim again. She said Batsen then left the residence for good, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Batsen didn’t attack him and didn’t do anything maliciously. He told the deputy they were both drunk and were stumbling into each other. The victim said Batsen didn’t do anything wrong and he didn’t want her to go to jail, the report said.

The deputy observed what appeared to be a bruise on the victim’s left cheek, but the victim said it was probably dirt and not the result of any altercation. The deputy also observed a small amount of blood on the victim’s left ear that the victim didn’t know how happened. The victim also had a torn shirt, which he said he tore himself, according to the report.

The victim’s father, who also witnessed the fight, said both Batsen and the victim were striking each other. He said the fighting was mutual, the report said.

Batsen was not at the scene when the deputy was there and had to be interviewed the next day. She said she and the victim got into a verbal altercation but nothing physical happened. The victim told the deputy again that Batsen didn’t strike him, although he had several scratches and injuries on his face, according to the report.

Batsen was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was being held Saturday on $1,000 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 3.