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Son Assaults Disabled Dad in Fight Over Kool-Aid

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By Betty Wang, JD on June 25, 2013 1:42 PM

Some people take their artificially flavored fruit punch power-mix very seriously, as evidenced by what happened in a recent Kool-Aid fight that ended up in an assault.

Brandon Antron Crosley, 22, of Cocoa, Florida, was apparently making Kool-Aid last week when his father, 48-year-old Greg Crosley, tried to share some tips on how to prepare it more properly.

Brandon did not take this well. He allegedly punched his dad in the head a few times. He then fled the apartment. OHHH YEAAHHH.

Assault, Kool-Aid Don't Mix

The younger Crosley didn't get far, though. He's now being charged with abusing the elderly. The Huffington Post reports that Greg Crosley is disabled and needs a cane to walk.

Statutes for abusing an elderly person vary from state to state. But in general, they read about the same. Florida's, in particular, defines it as the intentional act or infliction of physical or psychological injury upon an elderly person or disabled adult.

The younger Crosley could also be found guilty if his acts reasonably could be expected to result in injury to an elderly person or disabled adult, regardless of his actual intention. Depending on the severity of his actions and what type of harm resulted, a typical penalty usually results in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years behind bars.

Possible Defenses

It's likely that the younger Crosley won't have any defenses, as elder abuse is not taken lightly anywhere (and especially considering that the elderly or disabled are often unable to take care of themselves).

However, possible defenses to assaulting someone can include consent or self-defense. So if Brandon Crosley was acting in defense of a threat or unlawful force against himself from his dad, then he may be able to beat the charge.

The younger Crosley is currently being held in jail in lieu on a $1,000 bail.

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