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Superior man accused of hitting his mother

A Superior man accused of battering his 75-year-old mother was bound over for arraignment following testimony this week in Douglas County Circuit Court.

A Superior man accused of battering his 75-year-old mother was bound over for arraignment following testimony this week in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Robert Mecke, 42, faces one count of felony aggravated battery stemming from a Dec. 29 incident. At his bail/bond hearing a day later, Mecke refused to give his middle name or address. On Wednesday, he appeared in court without counsel. He told Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy that he did not wish for help from an attorney, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Superior police were called to a possible domestic incident at a home on the 1500 block of John Ave-nue about 5:27 p.m. Dec. 29. Officers found the female victim, who was identified as his mother, lying on the floor near the couch with blood on the left side of her face on her cheek and jaw line. Mecke was standing nearby behind the door.

Officers heard him mumble something about "There's the problem," motioning to his mother.

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"I had to defend myself," Officer George Gothner said he heard him say. "It was self-defense."

The woman suffered a cut by the left side of her mouth, abrasions and swelling on her jaw. She was transported to a Duluth hospital for observation because she also had some bleeding in her brain.

The victim remembered that she and her son were arguing and that he called her a prostitute. She didn't remember anything else until officers arrived at the scene. The woman told

officers that Mecke has mental health issues but had not taken his

medication for years.

Mecke had been drinking before the incident, the report stated.

He remains in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. As a condition of his bail, he is to have no contact with his mother or with another relative who reported the incident.

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