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Frustrated Reddick woman admits to taking first swing in fight

Martha Ann Hanegan

A 69-year-old Reddick woman admitted to taking the first swing at a woman she says makes her so mad that she could kill her.

Martha Ann Hanegan, who was charged Tuesday with simple domestic battery, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she hasn’t gone as far as killing the victim, but she just may one day. The relationship between Hanegan and the victim was redacted from the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she and Hanegan were in an argument when Hanegan slapped her in the face. She said she defended herself by hitting Hanegan with a tray she was carrying. The victim said Hanegan struck her again in the arm, and they pushed each other to the ground, with the victim scraping her ankle. She said Hanegan then went into the house, according to the report.

The victim’s mother said she heard the altercation develop and saw the victim push Hanegan away. She said she ran to Hanegan and said if she ever hit the victim again, she would press charges. The victim’s mother said she is afraid that one day, Hanegan will hurt her and her daughter further, the report said.

Hanegan told the deputy that she and the victim got into an argument over civil issues. She said things happened so fast and all she recalls is arms swinging and her landing on the ground after being pushed or hit with something by the victim. The deputy observed red marks on the victim’s face and a cut on her ankle, while Hanegan had marks on her arms. A dented tray was found on the ground, according to the report.

The deputy listened to the 911 call made by Hanegan, who said she got into a fight with the victim and her mother. Hanegan told the dispatcher the victim said things she didn’t like and that she swung first at the victim, according to the report.

Hanegan was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Wednesday on $500 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 4.

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