In the beginning, a couple of kids were fighting on the front lawn.
By the time adults were involved, the situation got much worse, according to the Brooksville Police Department.
Charles L. Brown, 47, would up at the Hernando County Jail charged with aggravated domestic battery.
He was accused of beating his sister with a wooden stick.
Police units arrived around 7 p.m. Thursday at 808 Shayne St. following reports of a disturbance, according to a media release.
Several family members in the house had been arguing, including Brown and his sister. The quarrel started after Brown came home and saw two children fighting in his lawn, said Police Chief George Turner.
One of the children involved in the fight was Brown's 5-year-old son, the chief said.
After Brown confronted the adults in the house, he stormed out, walked across the street and returned wielding the stick, according to reports.
He struck his sister in the back of the head and on the wrist, police said.
"There were a lot of witnesses there and a lot of statements were taken," said Turner.
Police said Brown told them he had armed himself with the stick to get people off his property, but he denied hitting his sister.
The accuser was not seriously injured and she declined medical treatment at the scene, according to police.
The 250-pound Brown was arrested and transported to the Hernando County Jail. He was booked shortly after 7:30 p.m. and held without bail.