Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Vierra Canyon man on Friday for allegedly physically abusing his 81-year-old mother. Ralph Phillips, 49, was arrested after deputies received reports that he had struck his elderly mother in the face and whipped her with her oxygen tube, deputies said. Deputies said Phillips held his mother down by her arms for about half an hour as well, and that Phillips told them he believed his mother had taken a pitcher from him and wanted to make her tell him the truth about where it was. Deputies said Phillips’ mother suffered multiple bruises to her arms and face.
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