On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Adult Protective Services were contacted by officials at Regional Hospital concerning the condition of a patient.
Marilyn Stough, 60, of rural Brazil, was taken to the emergency room by a family member. She had injuries to her head, arms and legs. When questioned, Marilyn said the injuries were caused by an altercation with her son, Jeffrey L. Stough.
Det. Sgt. Jeff Maynard was assigned to investigate the case.
Adults who find themselves in these situations rarely want to press charges, according to Maynard.
"We don't see these type of cases very often in this area," Maynard said. "But because the hospital reported the incident, we had to pursue this investigation."
Details from the investigation led to an arrest warrant for the victim's son.
Jeffrey L. Stough, 39, was arrested on two counts of Intimidation, threats or coercion, Class D Felonies; and one count of Battery with serious injury, a Class A Misdemeanor. Booked into the Clay County Justice Center with a $7,000 cash bond, Stough is awaiting arraignment proceedings.
"I've worked maybe one or two of these cases in the past couple of years," Maynard said. "There could be more, but we don't hear about them. If these types of incidents are happening, no one is reporting it."
Jerry Hawk, the Area 7 Investigator for Adult Protective Services, said law enforcement want adults involved in abusive situations to report the abuse.
"Our main goal is to stop the abuse," he said. "People just need to pick up the phone and dial 911 (in an emergency) or their local authorities."
Marilyn Stough was released from the hospital Monday evening.