woman charged with battery following wheelchair incident
Police responded to a domestic disturbance at 777 Golfview Drive
in Milan last Monday just after midnight.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed June 8 in Ripley County
Superior Court, Sherry Baston was charged with Battery Resulting
in Bodily Injury as a result of an incident at the above mentioned
The affidavit notes that Baston was arguing with her mother-in-law,
Sondra Strezeski (who owns the house). The affidavit reads in part:
Sherry stated that they were arguing because she had taken
her daughter to meet her father who she had not seen in five years.
Sherry stated that Strezeski was upset because Sherry did not go
over to the Ripley County Jail to visit with Rob Baston, which is
Sherrys husband." Rob Baston is also Strezeski's son.
Rob Baston was convicted by a jury of child molesting on June 4
after a four-day trial in Ripley County Circuit Court. He is incarcerated
in the Ripley County Jail awaiting sentencing on July 1.
While the two women were arguing, Strezeski said that Baston shoved
her wheelchair into her leg. Strezeski told police she has COPD
and already has medical problems with her leg. She already has one
leg amputated above the knee.
One of Strezeskis sons witnessed the incident and called police.
Another family member told police Baston had left Strezeski alone
since Friday. Baston had served as Strezeskis caregiver.
Baston told police she had her hands on the wheelchair and during
the argument it did roll forward. She said it only bumped her mother-in-law's
leg and she didnt do it on purpose.
Milan Police Officer Phillip T. Wilson Jr. took the report and felt
there was probable cause to believe that Baston had committed battery.
He also observed her speech was loud, her balance unsteady and that
she appeared to be under the influence of a drug, which she denied.