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Woman accused of slapping disabled woman

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:19 PM
SPRING HILL -

A woman is behind bars following allegations she slapped, shoved and threatened a disabled woman Friday afternoon.

Nicole Michelle Danese, 21, of 12528 Gulliver Road in Spring Hill, was arrested Monday night on a charge of abuse against a disabled person.

Deputies said Danese had borrowed the victim's car during the weekend. The victim waited until Monday to call authorities because she was afraid Danese wouldn't return the car, according to an arrest affidavit.

Danese has known the accuser for seven months. She helps the disabled woman with errands and odd jobs around the house, deputies said.

Based on sheriff's office reports, Danese was at the accuser's home when the two started arguing. Danese eventually removed the disabled woman's eyeglasses and slapped her on the left side of her face, according to the affidavit.

An infuriated Danese then told the disabled woman, "I am going to take you outside and show everybody you can't use your handicap as an excuse," deputies said.

The suspect grabbed the accuser by the neck and shoved her into the back of a wheelchair, according to the sheriff's office.

The accuser's fiancé witnessed the confrontation and repeatedly told Danese to stop and leave the house, deputies said.

Danese's boyfriend and 10-year-old son also were at the house, but they told the sheriff's office they went outside when the argument started and didn't see any physical altercation, according to reports.

The disabled woman still had a bruise across her left jaw line and neck when deputies interviewed her Monday. She did not require medical attention.

The affidavit listed Granny Nannies as Danese's employer, but a manager said the suspect was fired from the in-home health services company in July 2011 for insubordination.

Danese remained in jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $2,000 bail.


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