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Decatur grandson denies charges he battered his 83-year-old grandma

Decatur grandson denies charges he battered his 83-year-old grandma

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Andrew Cox

Andrew J. Cox

DECATUR — A Decatur man who is pleading not guilty to the aggravated battery of his 83-year-old grandmother now has a new lawyer.

The case against Andrew J. Cox, 37, came up for a pretrial review Tuesday at Macon County Circuit Court where Judge Thomas Griffith allowed the withdrawal of the Macon County Public Defender’s office in favor of Decatur-based defense attorney Philip Tibbs.

Cox, who is free on $30,000 bond with the condition he stays away from the victim, has also pleaded not guilty to committing two counts of domestic battery.

A sworn affidavit filed by Decatur police Officer Briar Weddle said the offenses date to Aug. 26 when Weddle interviewed the victim in Decatur Memorial Hospital. She said Cox lived with her as a her caregiver but she claimed he was subject to violent mood swings and fits of rage.

Weddle quoted her as saying she normally tries to stay away from her grandson in these moods but when he slammed a door and she heard something break, she confronted him about the damage. “She advised he then pushed her backwards, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on a small dresser in the hallway,” Weddle said in the affidavit.

“She said she lay on the floor for a moment before he approached her and attempted to help her off the floor.”

Seeing her head was bruised, the woman said Cox offered to take her to the hospital but she said she was too afraid of him and called another grandson to take her instead.

“She cried on several occasions while explaining what happened,” said Weddle. “She advised she is ‘terrified’ of him. She said although he has never battered her in the past, he is constantly ‘mean to her.’”

The case is scheduled for another pretrial hearing Jan. 2.

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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