A Gainesville man was arrested on multiple charges Wednesday evening on allegations he swung a hatchet at his mother, threw her to the ground and beat her after she asked him to turn down the volume of his music, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.
David Eden Fett, 47, of 3223 NW 142nd Ave., was charged with aggravated battery of a person age 65 or older, domestic battery by strangulation, displaying a weapon during a felony and committing an act that could cause death, his arrest report states.
Deputy Joel Morris, who was dispatched to the home Wednesday evening, arrived to find Fett outside saying his mother was on the ground inside, but he was unable to say how she ended up there. She is 70 years old.
“The victim was covered in a blanket and had her hands and arms pulled close to her body. The victim appeared very afraid as I knelt next to her and continuously was looking at the defendant and then back at me,” Morris wrote. “While kneeling by the victim, she repeated multiple times ‘don’t leave me’ in a hushed tone. The victim was shaking uncontrollably and was looking very nervous and afraid.”
After another deputy got Fett out of the room, his mother told Morris that Fett was intoxicated and had been outside listening to loud music, the report states. He became angry when she asked him to turn it down, got a hatchet and swung it at her so close she felt wind on her face from the swing.
The woman told Morris that Fett threw the hatchet down and then threw her down. The report states she told deputies that Fett struck her about 10 times in the neck, stomach and legs. He then allegedly sat on her, pinched her nose closed and covered her mouth before eventually getting up.
Under questioning by ASO, Fett said his mother was having delusions and that he got the hatchet because she had told him that people were outside.
“I asked the defendant why he raised the hatchet over his head, the defendant replied ‘to get rid of it,’ “ Morris wrote. “I asked the defendant about choking the victim. The defendant advised he did this only to get the victim not to go outside. The defendant was speaking irrationally and had a difficult time staying on topic.”
Fett has a lengthy arrest recording including convictions for DUI, theft and illegal use of credit cards.