Woman charged with beating mother
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | June 21,2014
A West Rutland woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly attacking her mother as the two were in a moving car.
Tiffanie M. Felix, 25, of Crossman Lane, pleaded innocent Friday in Rutland criminal court to aggravated domestic assault. If convicted, she could face a maximum of five years in prison. She was held for lack of $1,000 bail.
Vermont State Police said Felix’s mother, Teresa Felix, reported the attack Thursday night, saying she was giving her daughter a ride, heading south on West Proctor Road, when an argument about damage from a car crash Tiffanie Felix was in earlier that day escalated to where the younger woman began punching her mother in the face and arm.
Teresa Felix told police she ordered her daughter out of the car twice, first after pulling over on West Proctor Road and then again at the pull-off where the Road meets Route 4A, and that Tiffanie Felix refused the first time and began hitting her again the second, hitting her a total of more than 20 times before finally getting out.
Police said Teresa Felix had injuries on her face when she spoke to them.
Tiffanie Felix claimed she acted in self-defense, according to police, fighting back when her mother grabbed and pulled her hair and claiming her mother was “the type of person that will punch you in your face of a cup of spilt milk.”
Tiffanie Felix described a rather bitter and vicious argument, police said, and said she suffered injuries in the fight as well. Police said she had one apparent recent injury — an area about an inch in size on her left upper arm with broken capillaries — and another on her left inner forearm, that police said looked like “an erupted vein, possibly an older injury.”