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Silver Springs woman changes story about how elderly man was hurt

Cheryl Lea Marcum

A 70-year-old Silver Springs woman was charged Thursday with domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older after she gave multiple conflicting statements about how the man was injured.

Cheryl Marcum, of SE 190th Avenue, first told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that the victim became upset after falling outside, causing a skin tear to his arm, and then began to argue with and threaten her. She said the victim suffers from a skin condition that causes blood blisters on his skin, making it thin and easily torn, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Marcum said she and the victim went to dinner, where alcohol was consumed, and when they got home, she accused him of using drugs. She said he got out of the passenger side of their vehicle and fell, causing his arm to bleed. Marcum said the victim stood up and walked into the residence, where he told her she needed to call 911 or he was going to kill her, the report said.

Marcum said the victim then walked toward her in a threatening manner but did not make physical contact with her. She said he left the residence and walked to a shed on the property to relax, and when he returned, she called 911, according to the report.

The victim said he and Marcum returned home from an evening of dinner and drinking and Marcum repeatedly accused him of doing drugs. He said while they were standing near the kitchen, Marcum attacked him by grabbing his right arm and began pulling on him, causing his skin to tear, the report said.

The victim said Marcum often pulls on his arms, causing him pain and injury. The deputy observed blood and torn skin on the front and back of the victim’s bicep area and triceps, and on the front and back of his forearm. The injuries were consistent with his statement and not consisting with falling or bumping into a handrail, which Marcum later said happened. The deputy didn’t observe any dirt or sand on the victim’s clothing consistent with falling in the front yard, according to the report.

Marcum then revised her statement, saying the victim got out of the vehicle and bumped his arm on the handrail leading to the stairs to the front door. She again revised her statement, saying he may have fallen or stumbled but did not fall all the way to the ground. Marcum said she didn’t make contact with the victim or cause the injuries, the report said.

The deputy observed blood drops on the sidewalk leading from the shed to the front door but no evidence to support a fall near their vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. The deputy also observed blood on Marcum’s hands that she said was from when she held clothing up to block his advance against her inside the residence, according to the report.

Based on the statements provided and injuries consistent with the victim’s account, the deputy determined Marcum was the primary aggressor. She was arrested and taken to Marion County Jail, where she was released Saturday on $500 bond. She’s due in Marion County Court on Jan. 21.

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