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Mishawaka woman allegedly beaten by daughter dies; Amended charges filed


A woman who police say was beaten by her daughter has died.

Metro Homicide says Mary Claypool died after being taken off life support.

Her daughter, Annette Beedle, 59 was charged with attempted murder on Thursday. On Friday, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced Beedle's charges have been amended to murder.

Beedle is being held without bond.

ABC 57 learned new details about the case Thursday.

Beedle appeared in court Friday via video, but was mostly silent, shaking the entire time.

On the afternoon of March 7, Beedle called 9-1-1 and said, "I just tried to kill my mom. I beat her with a fire extinguisher," according to the probable cause affidavit.

When officers and EMS arrived to the home on West 6th Street in Mishawaka, they found Mary Claypool, 85, with trauma to her head and bleeding.

Beedle, the only other person in the home when police arrived, was taken to County Metro Homicide for an interview.

Investigators said Beedle said she decided to kill her mother and hit her in the head with a fire extinguisher several times.

When Beedle was told her mother was still alive and she was facing aggravated battery charges, Beedle allegedly became angry and told officers she tried to kill her mother so it was attempted murder, not aggravated battery, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Claypool's visitation will take place Tuesday afternoon, with a funeral to follow at Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka. 

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