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Florida woman arrested for slapping grandmother after Facebook friend request denied

Rachel Anne Hayes faces a charge of felony battery on an elderly person after she reportedly slapped her 72-year-old grandmother multiple times.

By Fred Lambert

CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A west Florida woman faces felony assault charges after she reportedly attacked her grandmother for denying a Facebook friend request.

Deputies arrested Rachel Anne Hayes, 27, early Thursday for aggravated battery on an elderly person. According to authorities, Hayes slapped the 72-year-old multiple times at a home in Clearwater, Fla.

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WFLA reports the woman was Hayes' grandmother and that Hayes' arrest affidavit indicated alcohol was a factor in the assault.

The attack allegedly stemmed from an argument between the two over Hayes' Facebook moniker. Hayes' grandmother refused to accept her friend request unless the name was changed, according to authorities.

Hayes initially left the residence but returned, and in the ensuing argument she slapped her grandmother multiple times at the threshold of a door before the elderly woman was able to retreat inside.

Deputies arrived on scene and arrested Hayes, who was released from the Pinellas County jail on $10,000 bond.

Hayes' jail records show prior arrests for alcohol related incidents, including a DUI last year, violation of probation in relation to the DUI and a September charge of disorderly conduct for urinating in public.

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