A Portland woman was arrested last week and charged with attempting to kill her own mother.
According to the arrest affidavit, Mitzi Lee Mathias, 55, forced her way into the home she shares with her mother on Hollands Way; bludgeoning the victim with a hammer and causing severe injuries.
The report states that Mathias also took property belonging to her mother including jewelry and her purse before leaving the scene, driving westbound on Hwy. 52 before crashing her car into another vehicle and leaving the roadway.
An off-duty Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy stopped at the scene to check on Mathias, when she sped off, crashing a second time off the roadway. According to the affidavit, when the deputy tried to make contact with Mathias, she then pulled out a loaded handgun, firing a round into the roof of her vehicle.
Mathias was then held at gunpoint by the deputy, with the assistance of an off-duty Robertson County Sheriff’s deputy until Portland police officers arrived.
The report states Mathias was found covered in urine and blood, but did not appear to be injured. Officers found a bloody hammer in the passenger seat, along with several containers of alcohol; one of which was nearly empty. She then led officers back to the residence where she had reportedly attacked her mother.
According to the affidavit, the mother made statements to Sumner EMS and Portland police that her daughter had stabbed her and beat her with a hammer. The report also states that Mathias has a history of assaulting and injuring her mother; having been charged with elderly abuse in the past, as well as being an alcoholic.
Mathias was charged with attempted first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Her bond was set at $875,000 and she is scheduled to be in General Sessions Court on Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.
Additional charges are pending based on further investigation.