AMERICAN FORK — An 86-year-old woman was attacked inside her home by a woman allegedly upset over losing custody of her children, according to police.
Jeanne Mace, 41, of Murray, was charged Monday with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and drug possession, a class B misdemeanor.
Mace, who was upset over losing custody of her children to her former partner, went to the home of her ex-partner's grandmother, a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court states.
Mace forcefully entered the home, grabbed the grandmother and "began shaking her aggressively," the report states. She threw the woman against a wall, to the ground and also hit the woman in the head multiple times while warning her that her family was "going to pay" and that she was going to "get back" at the family for taking her children, according to police. This went on for about 30 minutes.
"Any attack on an 86-year-old woman who lives alone is brutal. Anyone who would grab an 86-year-old lady like that and shake her violently and throw her against a wall and throw her to the ground and continue assaulting her when she's on the ground, I think that's terrible," said American Fork Police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow.
Officers found bruising on Mace's forehead and a cut on the back of her head.
When police took Mace into custody, they found five hydrocodone pills in her purse that she did not have a prescription for, the affidavit states. Investigators also believe she may have been under the influence of alcohol during the confrontation.
Ludlow said Mace apparently lost custody of her children about a year ago. According to Utah court records, a woman filed for a protective order against Mace in May of 2012 claiming cohabitant abuse. Two weeks later, the woman filed for custody of the children. On that same day, Mace allegedly violated the protective order by trying to make contact with her. That case was later dismissed.
Three days later, however, she was arrested for doing it again. This time, investigators say Mace had a man call her ex-partner on her behalf. Mace could be heard in the background telling the man what to say, charging documents state.
Mace took a plea in abeyance and received a suspended jail sentence.
She was also charged in 2011 with intoxication, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, an infraction.