Argument over mother's care nets three arrests

Argument over mother's care nets three arrests
Cynthia Diane Porter (Source: Pemiscot Co. Jail via VineLink)
Cynthia Diane Porter (Source: Pemiscot Co. Jail via VineLink)
April Charmaine Taylor (Source: Pemiscot Co. Jail via VineLink)
April Charmaine Taylor (Source: Pemiscot Co. Jail via VineLink)

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - An argument over the caregiving of a man's mother led to the arrest of three people after an assault.

Court documents state Pemiscot County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in Holland, MO on Sept. 1 to a reported assault.

Deputies spoke with a woman who said 53-year-old Charles Porter, 60-year-old Cynthia Porter, and 34-year-old April Taylor came to her home uninvited.

Charles Porter's mother was inside the home at the time, according to the victim.

The woman said she told the three to leave and they refused.

She then told officers one of the suspects assaulted her. She said she didn't know who was hitting her, but felt it was more than one person "due to the punching coming from different directions at the same time."

The victim said she sustained a ruptured eardrum and bruising to the head and face.

According to the victim, Taylor picked up Porter's mother who was laying on the couch. The woman said she told Taylor not to pick up the woman because she was still sore from fractured hips she suffered in the past.

Taylor is accused of threatening the victim if she got in the way and continued outside to put Porter's mother in a car. Then the group left.

Later, the deputies found the trio and the man's mother in Steele, MO and talked to the suspects separately.

Charles Porter, according to court documents, told officers nothing happened and that they went to Holland to pick up his mother.

However, after talking with the suspects, deputies arrested the three and transported them to the Pemiscot County Justice Center.

During the transport, Charles Porter reportedly gave details about the incident.

He admitted to going to the home of the assault victim to check on his mother. Porter said he and the other two were not invited, but said he normally enters the home uninvited.

Porter said an argument occurred between the four, including the victim, about the care of his mother. The man accused the woman of stealing money from his mother and that he wanted his mother out of her house.

Charles Porter said the woman sat on the lap of his mother and wouldn't let her leave.

Court documents state, Porter said Taylor "beat the hell" out of the woman before the group took the man's mother to Steele.

The Porters and Taylor were charged with burglary, assault, and kidnapping.

All three are set to appear in court on Thursday.

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