Wine-drinking Ocala woman accused of battering mom and nephew

Brandi Dianne Mitchell

A 30-year-old Ocala woman is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after she allegedly drank an entire box of wine and then battered her elderly mother and 6-year-old nephew.

Brandi Dianne Mitchell was charged with domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older and domestic cruelty to a child that could result in physical or mental damage after the incident, which happened Tuesday at the Tuscany Place Apartments, 3240 SW 34th Street, where she lives with her mother.

Mitchell’s mother told an Ocala Police officer that Mitchell returned home at around 2:30 a.m. and was drunk after drinking a box of wine, and the pair got into a verbal argument. She said they argued again later in the night and she told Mitchell to leave. Mitchell then went out to her vehicle in the parking lot, according to the OPD report.

Mitchell’s mother said that at around 8:30 a.m., Mitchell started beating on the front door to the apartment. She said she opened the door and Mitchell had her hand in a fist over her shoulder, as if to throw a punch. Mitchell’s mother said she told her she’d better not hit her, and Mitchell slapped her once with her left hand on the right side of her face, the report said.

Mitchell’s mother said she let her into the house but locked her outside on the screened-in porch. She said Mitchell started pounding on the glass door, so she let her in out of fear she would break it. Mitchell sat down on the couch in the living room within arm’s reach of her 6-year-old nephew, according to the report.

Mitchell’s mother said Mitchell grabbed the child by the front of his shirt and started striking him in the face and stomach with a closed fist. Mitchell’s mother said she told Mitchell to stop and asked why she was hitting him, and Mitchell replied that she has been waiting five years to harm him. Mitchell’s mother said she was able to pull her daughter off the boy and told him to run. She then chased Mitchell out of the house and locked the door, the report said.

Mitchell’s mother said her daughter returned at around noon and asked to use the bathroom, and she allowed her. After Mitchell was in the bathroom for about 45 minutes, her mother yelled for her to come out. She said the two argued again and Mitchell struck her once in the face with a closed fist. She said she called 911 and Mitchell went out to her vehicle until police arrived, according to the report.

Mitchell’s nephew told the officer he was on the couch when Mitchell grabbed him by the front of the shirt and started hitting him. He said he remembered being punched in the left side of his stomach and ribs, but not in his face. Due to his young age, the boy became shy and ended his statement, the report said.

Mitchell told the officer that nothing happened and that she didn’t hit her mother or nephew. At first she said her mother punched her, but she quickly retracted that statement and said nobody hit anybody. Mitchell said she was an alcoholic and had been in an argument about it, but she didn’t hit anyone, according to the report.

Mitchell will answer to the charges in Marion County Court on Jan. 14.