An Ocala man is accused of brutally beating a woman and injuring her juvenile daughter while preventing her from calling 911 during a recent wild incident.
Dane J. Maxsom, 37, of 3685 S.W. 177th Lane Road, was charged with aggravated battery causing harm or disability, simple battery and obstructing justice by intimidating or threatening a victim or witness.
The juvenile victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that at around 1:20 a.m., she overheard an argument between her mother and Maxsom. She said she ran into her mother’s room and they locked themselves in, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The juvenile victim said Maxsom forced his way into the room and started punching her mother in the head until she fell off the bed. A deputy observed blood on the right side of the adult victim’s neck coming from a laceration behind her right ear, as well as swelling to her forehead and nose. She did not want to speak to deputies about the incident, the report said.
The juvenile victim said she tried to call 911 with her cell phone, but Maxsom grabbed the phone from her hand. The deputy observed a red mark on the juvenile victim’s finger that was consistent with an object being taken from her hand by force, according to the report.
The victims then let the home and went to a neighbor’s residence to get away from Maxsom. The neighbors said they heard Maxsom yelling at the victim through the door of their residence, the report said.
The adult victim was treated at a local hospital for injuries including a broken nose, three stitches behind her ear and bruising to her forehead and cheekbone. Asked again at the hospital what happened, she confirmed her daughter’s statement and admitted Maxsom battered her in the head and face with a closed fist, according to the report.
Contacted at his residence on SW 177th Lane Road, Maxsom said he had a verbal argument with the adult victim, but things never became physical. Upon further questioning, he changed his statement and said he was never in an argument with her but just came to the residence to retrieve his dog and left, the report said.
While on the way to the Marion County Jail, Maxsom admitted he was standing outside the victim’s neighbor’s residence and yelling for the victim to come outside, but he still denied being involved in an argument, according to the report.
Maxsom was released on $7,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 22.