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Spring Hill woman charged with batter on elderly mother, deputies say


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SPRING HILL - A Spring Hill woman was arrested Monday afternoon after battering her elderly mother in their Rosebay Court home, according to the sheriff's office.

Joanne Picca, 59, started an argument with her 86-year-old mother about a "missing item from the kitchen," according to an arrest affidavit.

Picca grabbed her mother by the arms, and squeezed and twisted the skin on her chest, leaving bruises.

Picca was arrested on charges of assault or battery on a person 65 years or older after another family member confirmed the altercation. She was being held on $2,000 bail.

Court records show Picca was convicted of two counts of battery on a person 65 years or older in 2006. She was arrested on the same charges in 2011 and 2013, but prosecutors dropped or abandoned the cases, according to court records.

Last year, Hernando Today reported Picca stole a bag of bird seed from Walmart and provided a false name to law enforcement. She was sentenced to two days time served for the misdemeanor charges.

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