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Bat-swinging Weirsdale woman jailed after spat over tent

Danielle Nanette Bersani

A 44-year-old Weirsdale woman was arrested after she allegedly swung a red sparkly baseball bat at a man during a fight that started when he let someone have a tent.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Danielle Nanette Bersani was sitting in the living room of the residence they share on SE 180th Street when he came into the room and told her he let someone take a tent. The victim said Bersani became angry and started yelling at him about the tent, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Bersani had a bat in her hand while she was yelling at him. He said she swung the bat in his direction, knocking over various items on the kitchen table. The victim said if he didn’t move out of the way, Bersani would have hit him with the bat. He said he was in fear for his life. The victim described the bat as red in color with sparkles on it, the report said.

The deputy did not observe any knocked-over items. The victim said Bersani must have cleaned up the mess prior to the deputy’s arrival, according to the report.

After being read her Miranda warning, Bersani told the deputy she was upset with the victim because of the tent and the fact the victim is not working. She said she went outside to retrieve her purse and her bat. Bersani said the arguing continued and she hit the kitchen table with her left hand and held the bat in her right hand. She said she knocked over a cup that was on the table, but she picked it up, the report said.

Bersani said the bat was in her room on her bed. She said she picked up the bat to place it in her bed. However, her bedroom is on the east side of the residence when the kitchen table is on the west side.

Due to the totality of the circumstances, Bersani was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. She was being held in the Marion County Jail on $500 bond. Bersani is set to appear in Marion County Court on Sept. 8.

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