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Man charged with beating own mother

The sheriff's department arrested a 36-year-old Liberty man on Oct. 16 for allegedly assaulting his mother.


According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Benjamin Theodore Taylor was taken into custody after a deputy responded to a Troy Cripps Road home due to investigate reports of a domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Taylor, whose speech was reportedly slurred.


Taylor allegedly admitted to having consumed four or five beers. Ray said Taylor told the officer that his mother got angry because he was drinking. Taylor's mother reportedly told the lawman that Benjamin slapped her in the face and struck her on the back, hands and legs, leaving bruises. Taylor was determined to have been the primary aggressor, and he was placed under arrest.


Taylor’s bond was set at $3,000, and he will appear in court on Oct. 29.


Meanwhile, Bryce John Beaver, 40, of Sparta was charged with driving under the influence and cited for an inoperable taillight on Oct. 17.


Ray said a deputy spotted a car with a tail light out and pulled the vehicle over. Beaver was found to be the driver, and the officer allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol in the car. Ray said that Beaver's speech was slurred, and he allegedly admitted to having consumed several beers. He reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and submitted to a blood/alcohol test.


Beaver’s bond was set at $2,500, and he will appear in court on Oct. 29.