ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 41-year-old Zavalla man on Wednesday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly "had an episode" and beat his mother with a baseball bat hard enough to fracture her skull and break her arm.
Kenneth Christian Coulter is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No bail amount has been set at this time.
According to the arrest warrant, the alleged incident occurred on Sept. 19. The Zavalla Police chief contacted an ACSO deputy and said that Coulter had just assaulted his mother with a baseball bat. Deputies took pictures of the scene and the victim before she was taken to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.
Coulter was taken to Woodland Heights Medical Center because he was complaining of chest pains.
ACSO deputies met with family members of the victim at Memorial Hospital. Coulter's wife told them that she, Coulter, and Coulter's mother were sitting on the porch when her husband "had an episode," according to the affidavit. Coulter then allegedly grabbed a baseball bat and his mother on top of her head and on her arm.
Coulter's wife said that both she and Coulter's mother were begging for him to stop.
According to the affidavit, the wife said, Coulter said, "What did I do?" He then dropped the bat and ran into the woods.
The medical staff told the deputies that Coulter's mother had a noticeable fracture in the top of her skull. In addition, both the bones in the victim's right forearm were broken in multiple places.
When the deputies talked to Coulter at Woodland Heights, he declined to give a written statement, according to the affidavit. After Coulter asked and was notified about his mother's condition, he allegedly said, "Damn. I wish I would have killed her."
The deputy asked Coulter for clarification, and the suspect said that he "couldn't take her any more" and that "she was an evil b-----," according to the affidavit. Coulter then allegedly said that there was a great deal of history between him and his mom and refused to answer any more questions.