A Jacksonville woman says she never assaulted her elderly mother with a hammer.
55-year-old Martha Martin is charged in Onslow County with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a handicapped person and interfering with emergency communication.
Jacksonville police accuse Martin of attacking her 83-year-old mother, Pilar Martin, on Tuesday and disconnecting the phone when the mother was talking to police.
Martin, who is now out of jail, told WITN that she never struck her mom with a hammer. She said on Tuesday she was cleaning up the house and got mad, and threw a jeweled apple ornament. Martin says she accidentally hit her mother with it.
She says her sister, who also lives there, called police saying Martin was trying to kill her mother.
Pilar Martin also told WITN that her daughter did not hit her with a hammer.