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Elderly Woman Speaks About Abuse by Grandson

COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- A great-grandmother who, police say, was beaten by her grandson is now speaking out about elderly abuse.

Annarea McCray, 90, was released from a Columbus hospital on June 15, and subsequently admitted to a nursing home with a broken hip and arm.

Police said the 83-pound woman tried to pull her 210-pound grandson off his mother, Pam Haskins, during a June 13 assault, during which he repeatedly hit Haskins in the head and face.

John Spindler, 41, back-handed his grandmother, which caused her to fall to the floor, according to investigators.

"In the process of her helping me, she got hurt the worst," Haskins said.

McCray described the incident by saying she was "pounded down" by her grandson.

McCray said the assault was the culmination of years of abuse. She said her grandson  lived with her for the last 25 years rent-free,  while calling her names and punching out her walls when she refused to buy him cigarettes,

McCray filed a police report in 2010, in which she accused her grandson of pulling her hair.

Despite those incidents, McCray said she only threatened to throw Spindler and her other grandson out of her home in an effort to straighten them out.

"I loved them like my own children," she said.

According to national statistics, more than 500,000 elderly Americans are physically, sexually, or financially abused each year.  In 90% of those cases, a family member is the abuser.

Medical costs from elderly abuse amounts to more than $5 billion annually.

Spindler has been charged with assault for the attacks on his mother and grandmother. His bail amount has been set at $500,000.
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