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Chicago woman charged with battery of Oak Lawn woman, 89

Updated: March 2, 2013 12:10PM



A Chicago woman has been charged with felony aggravated battery after pushing down an 89-year-old Oak Lawn woman during an argument that began over the elderly woman’s son’s refusal to shovel snow, police said.

Amanda R. Carnahan, 24, of 4500 Kedvale Ave., was charged with aggravated battery of a senior citizen, battery and possession of drug equipment after the Jan. 25 incident in the 8800 block of Nashville Avenue, Oak Lawn police said.

Carnahan, her sister and her mother had been living at the home for about a week because the mother is the girlfriend of the victim’s son, police said.

Carnahan allegedly punched the son, 60, in the face twice because she was angry that he would not shovel snow, police said. When the man told his mother to call police, Carnahan grabbed the phone and refused to return it, police said.

They said the argument ended with Carnahan allegedly shoving the 89-year-old woman, causing her to fall. The woman had a large bump on her right forearm that was beginning to bruise and a small mark on her left elbow when police arrived, police said.

As Carnahan was walking to a squad car, she removed a glass tube from her jeans, resulting in the drug equipment charge, according to police.

Carnahan told police she didn’t punch the man and said she swung her arm at the 89-year-old woman only to protect herself as the woman came at her in a threatening manner, police said.

Carnahan’s mother, Debra Hyde, 43, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said.



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