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Ocala woman jailed after “whopping” man who had her phone

Pamela Ruth Odom

An Ocala woman was arrested after admitting she “whopped” a man in the back of the head while retrieving the cell phone he took away from her during a domestic spat.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded recently to the incident location, where Pamela Ruth Odom, 57, said the victim had taken her cell phone the previous night and walked over to her mother’s house. Odom said she walked over a short time later to retrieve the phone, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Odom said when she arrived, she and the victim started arguing again and the threw the phone onto the ground. She said at one point, she entered the residence and “whopped” the victim on the back of the head, indicating with her hands that she smacked him in the head. Odom told the deputy the victim would probably make it appear he was injured so he would get her in trouble, the report said.

Odom said she and the victim eventually arrived back at her residence, where they continued arguing. She said, at some point, the victim hit her in the back of the head. Odom said when she got up, she started swinging but didn’t know what she was swinging at. The deputy didn’t observe any injuries to Odom, according to the report.

The victim told the deputy he and Odom were arguing about Odom’s cell phone. He said the arguing got to the point where he left and walked over to Odom’s mother’s house. The victim said Odom arrived a short time later demanding her phone. He said he slid the phone out the front door and closed the door behind him, the report said.

The victim said Odom then opened the door, entered the residence and hit him in the head with an object he assumed was the phone. He said he and Odom eventually went back to their residence, where the arguing continued, according to the report.

The victim said he was sitting on the edge of his bed, leaning over, when he was hit again by Odom in the top of the head. He said he wasn’t sure what he was hit with, but it was hard and caused a bleeding laceration to his scalp. The victim parted his hair victim showed the deputy what appeared to be a laceration and a bump. He said after this happened, he walked back over to Odom’s mother’s house, where she provided him with some paper towels to clean his head, the report said.

Odom’s mother told the deputy the victim arrived at her residence, followed a short time later by Odom. She said she believed the victim was struck by Odom, but it appeared to be accidental after a brief struggle over Odom’s cell phone. Odom’s mother confirmed Odom and the victim left her residence and the victim returned later. She said he was bleeding lightly from the top of his head, according to the report.

Interviewed by the deputy again, this time after being read her Miranda warning, Odom admitted she hit the victim with something but couldn’t remember what it was. She said this happened after she was hit in the back of the head by the victim, the report said.

Odom was charged with simple domestic battery and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released on $500 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on March 3.

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