HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - At the victim's request, the charges against a Crockett man who was indicted back in February for allegedly punching and slapping his 71-year-old mother have been dropped.
Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar said that her office has decided to drop the felony injury to the elderly charges against Michael Gregory Skolaut, 47. She said they looked into his criminal background after repeated requests by his mother to drop the charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched out to a home in the 100 block of South Grace Street in November of 2015 to check into a report of abuse of an elderly person.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he spoke with Skolaut's mother, the alleged victim, and noticed three bruises on the left side of her face, the affidavit stated. The woman told the CPD officer that Skolaut has been belligerent and aggressive toward her and hits her when he gets angry, the affidavit stated.
Skolaut allegedly hit his mother earlier that morning and the night before with both open and closed hands.
A witness who lives across the street from Skolaut told the officer that she can often hearing Skolaut screaming at his mother all the way from her house. She said, on Friday, she heard the victim screaming for help, so she went to the end of her driveway in an attempt to make contact with her friend.
According to the affidavit, after the woman contacted the victim, Skolaut came out of the house behind her and said, "Don't listen to [his mother]. She's lying."
Because the alleged victim had been screaming for help, the witness insisted that her friend come over to her house. Skolaut allegedly followed the two women into the other house and told his mother to tell the other woman a joke she had told him.
After the mother explained the joke to the other woman, Skolaut said, "Look what kind of mom I have. She's a f---ing b----," the affidavit stated.
At that point, Skolaut got up and left the witness' home, slamming the door behind him, the affidavit stated. Fearing for her friend's safety, the witness then called 911.
During the investigation, a Crockett Police officer photographed the bruises all over the alleged victim's body and face.