Woman beaten, head shaved by daughter, granddaughter in fight over Steelers game volume, police say
A 77-year-old Youngwood woman was beaten and had her head shaved by her daughter and teenage granddaughter because they were angry about the volume of her radio during Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers game, state police said.
Delores M. Amorino, 40, and her daughter, Sarah M. Amorino, 17, who live with the victim, were charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, strangulation, terroristic threats, false imprisonment, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.
Sarah Amorino is charged as an adult. She is being held in the county juvenile detention center while her mother is being held in the county jail. Bond was set at $200,000 for each.
“It's very disheartening to see any senior citizen abused like this ... let alone seeing someone do it to their own grandmother and mother,” said Trooper Steve Limani, state police spokesman at the Greensburg barracks.
The Amorinos were arraigned Wednesday before night court District Judge Wayne Gongaware of North Huntingdon.
The victim spent the night at a hospital for treatment of her injuries and was released Wednesday, police said.
“We're very fortunate her injuries were not life-threatening. We're talking about two days of a brutal beat-down,” Limani said.
The abuse occurred over two days — Sunday and Monday — and started when the Amorinos began arguing with the victim over the television volume during the Steelers game, Trooper Ty Smith alleges in an affidavit of probable cause. Police said the victim has a hearing impairment.
“The victim was unhappy with the volume of the TV after the defendants turned the volume low, so the victim locked herself in the bedroom and turned on her radio. The defendants broke the door jam, entered the victim's room saying, ‘You don't need to listen to the game,' and began abusing her,” Smith said in the affidavit.
Smith said the woman told him the teenager struck her in the face with a metal-handled broom, “causing bruising and a fat lip,” and Delores Amorino twisted her arm, “causing severe bruising and swelling in the left forearm.”
The victim told troopers that one of them then struck the back of her head and her chest with the broom, causing bruising and swelling.
The older Amorino also “purposely stomped on top of her foot,” Smith wrote in the affidavit.
The abuse continued Monday, according to court documents.
“Sarah Amorino shaved the victim's head using scissors and a shaver ... also choked the victim using her bare hands, injuring the victim's neck,” Smith said in the affidavit.
The younger Amorino then tied a scarf around the victim's neck, “choking her at first, then she attempted to pull the victim up by the scarf wrapped around the neck,” Smith said.
The woman showed troopers bruising on her stomach, back, lower legs, thighs and arms, according to the affidavit.
“The victim was made to believe if she left the home to attempt to get help, she would be tracked down and beat again,” Smith wrote.
Limani said the woman was able to escape the pair as they slept Tuesday morning. Battered and bruised, she walked a half mile from the Burton Avenue home to the borough building for help.
“The victim felt that was her best chance to escape. That's how the investigation was initiated,” Limani said. “And they also tried to cover their tracks.”
During the investigation, the mother and daughter provided troopers with a handwritten note signed by the victim, he said.
“The note said the woman's injuries were committed by a second, unknown individual. But the victim was able to tell our officers that she was forced to write that note,” he said.
The Amorinos have a preliminary hearing scheduled Sept. 1 before Youngwood District Judge Anthony Bompiani.