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Wateford, WI – A woman is facing charges after she slapped her son and brother, and beat a dog with a bat.

Rhonda Szabo, 54, of Waterford, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of battery. One battery charges carries an enhancer for a crime against an elderly or disabled person.

If convicted of all charges, Szabo faces up to two years in prison and/or fines up to $22,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 hang up call. Dispatchers told the deputy that Szabo indicated in the past that deputies are not to be on her property unless they have a warrant. She also told them that she keeps a loaded firearm.

Because the deputy heard screaming from inside the home, the deputy spoke to Szabo, who said she had been in a physical fight with her son. The deputy noted that Szabo had been drinking and she was upset with her son because he wasn’t responding to her text messages. She told her son he needed to leave the home by the time she returned. But he was still there.

Angry, Szabo started yelling at him and he grabbed her wrist. She struck her son and bit him.

Szabo’s son told police that Rhonda began hitting his dog with a bat. So he took the dog into the living room. He then started recording the incident. The video showed Rhonda striking and biting her son.

He also reported that his mother slapped his uncle who has Down Syndrome on Jan. 3 because he had not answered his phone.

“(Szabo’s son) entered the room and observed Rhonda slapping his uncle in the face,” the report reads.

The boy yelled at his mother to stop hitting his uncle and he was able to separate them. His uncle – who was screaming and crying – had numerous scratch marks and visible bruises. The boy’s uncle told police the altercation hurt and made him sad, according to the complaint.



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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.