An Arkansas woman accused of beating her 79-year-old mother with a cane while intoxicated last year pleaded guilty to a felony battery charge Tuesday.
Lauren Leigh Raburn, 54, who has remained in custody since her last arrest Nov. 29, 2017, pleaded guilty to second-degree battery and was sentenced to six years' probation, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $420 in court costs while a second felony charge of failure to appear was withdrawn by prosecutors.
A previously issued court order barring her from any contact with her mother was withdrawn, but the Hot Springs Village resident was not released from custody until Wednesday when she was able to provide a local address where she would be staying other than her mother's residence.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Raburn's mother went to the Hot Springs Village Police Department just before 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2017, to report she had been beaten by her daughter.
Officers noted that she had swelling around her right wrist, bruising on her left arm and redness to her head, face and right leg.
She told officers her daughter woke her up that morning by yelling at her. She said she went to use the bathroom when her daughter began poking her with a metal cane, the affidavit sates.
Court documents show she said she escaped from her home while she was still being beaten, adding that the abuse has been happening for the past two months.
She told authorities the severity of the attack that morning caused her to finally go to the police.
Based on the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim, officers said, they went to the residence to speak with Raburn. Police noted Raburn appeared "very intoxicated" and claimed to be the victim of battery , adding that she "wanted to put a bullet under her chin."