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Alleged Grapeland grandmother abuser found after court no-show

Danielle Melson (Source: Houston County Jail) Danielle Melson (Source: Houston County Jail)
Jamie Hallmark (Source: Houston County Jail) Jamie Hallmark (Source: Houston County Jail)
HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies tracked down and arrested 20-year-old Grapeland woman who was a no-show at her status hearing on Dec. 1.

Danielle Nicole Melson turned herself in to authorities back in June of 2012 after she allegedly got into an altercation with her 76-year-old grandmother and pushed her, breaking her hip.

According to Chief Deputy G.P. Shearer with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, they got a tip that Melson was staying in the Latexo area. When deputies went to the address where she was supposed to be, Jamie Hallmark answered the door and told them that she didn't know where Melson was and had not seen her.

After the deputies left, a tipster called the HCSO dispatch and said he or she had just seen Melson and Hallmark leave the house. The deputies went back to the residence and found the two women hiding in the woods behind the house.

Hallmark, 26, of Grapeland, was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

A Houston County judge issued an arrest warrant for Melson after she failed to show up for her status hearing on Dec. 1.

In a previous East Texas News story, Inv. Chuck Franklin with the Grapeland Police Department said the investigation stemmed from a May 5, 2012 incident when Danielle Nicole Melson, 18, got in an altercation with her 76-year-old grandmother and pushed her, breaking her hip.

Franklin said the grandmother had to have hip replacement surgery.

Franklin said a warrant for Melson's arrest, on a charge of injury to the elderly, was obtained the same day. He said that police had been looking for Melson for some time because she had kept moving from place to place.

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