A Worthington woman accused of getting into a physical altercation with her already-injured husband and then pushing her mother-in-law is facing a charge of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
Jama J. Moody, 42 at the time of her arrest, now 43, was arrested and booked in to the Greene County Jail around 11:30 p.m. last Friday, June 29, by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Jackson.
Deputy Jackson was dispatched to a rural residence in the Worthington area earlier in the evening, along with GCSD Deputy David Elmore and Deputy Marshal Russell Walls and Reserve Officer Dustin Green, both of the Worthington Police Department, to assist.
Dispatch advised Deputy Jackson that a caller said Moody had been drinking and had hit her husband and pushed or hit her mother-in-law.
Jackson reported that when officers arrived, they learned the man had been injured in a vehicle accident the previous week – he had a broken arm and a broken leg. Jackson said the man told him Moody thought he had her medication and was mad, punched him twice with a closed fist and fell on his broken arm. He called his mother to help calm the situation but Moody got into a physical altercation with her, was aggressive and pushed the woman. They called police.
In a probable cause affidavit prepared by Jackson, he wrote that Moody said she did not hit anyone and would not hurt anyone. However, her husband provided the deputy with an audio recording he took on his cell phone that captured what happened.
Jackson wrote that on the recording, they could hear Moody cursing at her mother-in-law and husband and they could hear objects hitting the floor as the man told her to stop throwing stuff.
WPD officers were in contact with a family member who was en route to Worthington to meet them at the grocery store in town to pick Moody up. When they told Moody the family member was on their way and that she could have been taken to jail, she allegedly said, “Then go ahead and arrest me.” And they did.
Moody was detained by Deputy Elmore, advised of her Miranda Rights and walked to Deputy Jackson’s patrol vehicle.
The family member was advised that Moody would be in jail instead of the grocery store parking lot.
Moody’s bond was set at $1,000 surety with ten percent allowed. She remained in the Greene County Jail until sometime on Monday when she posted $100 cash to bond out.