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December 8, 2012

Additional Charges Likely in Fatal Elderly Abuse Case

Affton woman allegedly beat her grandmother, caused injuries that led to her death

by Jaime Mowers

12/07/2012

 The St. Louis County Police Department is seeking upgraded charges against a South County woman who allegedly beat her 92-year-old grandmother and caused injuries that led to her death.

Rachel Armstrong, 37, of the 11000 block of Golf Crest Drive in Affton, was charged Nov. 21 with a felony for first-degree elder abuse. Police said that on Nov. 12, Armstrong threw down her grandmother, Angela Armstrong, and stomped on her, breaking her arms and eight ribs because she believed she was a demon.

St. Louis County Police spokesman Randy Vaughn said the grandmother lived at Rachel Armstrong's home.

Police presented additional information to the St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney's Office following the grandmother's death on Dec. 3, and announced Wednesday that stiffer charges will be sought against Rachel Armstrong.

"The upgraded charges were based on (yesterday's) determination that the death was due to injuries received from a Nov. 21, 2012, elderly abuse case," the statement police released Wednesday said.

The case is set for a grand jury during the first week of January, which is when the additional information will be presented and the upgraded charges will be considered. Police have not said specifically what the charges might be.

Armstrong is being held in the St. Louis County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 cash bail


SOURCE:        The South Country Times
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