Fort Lauderdale Man Punched Legally Blind Mother, 89, in Face: Authorities

James Jackson facing battery charges for punching elderly blind mother in face

Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 1:19 AM EDT
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A Fort Lauderdale man is facing battery charges after he punched his blind 89-year-old mother in the face, authorities said. James Jackson, 52, was arrested Monday and charged with battery of a person 65 years of age or older and domestic violence, jail records showed. He appears before Judge Ellen Feld in bond court.

A Fort Lauderdale man is facing battery charges after he punched his blind 89-year-old mother in the face, authorities said. James Jackson, 52, was arrested Monday and charged with battery of a person 65 years of age or older and domestic violence, jail records showed. He appears before Judge Ellen Feld in bond court.

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A legally blind 89-year-old woman says that her son punched her in the face in an argument about one of his acquaintances that she disliked.

Idella Boyd told NBC 6 that the dispute with her son James Jackson, 52, broke out inside her Fort Lauderdale apartment, and spilled into a bedroom.

Jackson, of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested Monday and charged with battery of a person 65 years of age or older and domestic violence, jail records showed.

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He appeared in bond court Tuesday before Judge Ellen Feld, who read the charges from the arrest affidavit.

"They said you punched your blind 89-year-old mother in the face," Feld said.

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Prosecutors said Jackson was convicted as a habitual offender in 2006 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery causing great harm.

But his mother said she was shocked he raised a hand to her. When asked what kind of son Jackson is, Boyd said, "He was raised in the church."

Feld ordered Jackson held without bond on a probation violation, and ordered him to have no contact with his mother if he is allowed bond. It was unknown whether Jackson has an attorney.

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