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Mother and son facing charges in the death of La Porte man

A mother and son are facing felony charges in relation to the death of their relative.

Police say on October 30 an altercation occurred between 68-year-old Harold Grise and his nephew 43-year-old Eric Minter at Grise’s home on Highland Drive in Fish Lake.

Grise suffered severe blunt force trauma to his head and neck and was left in a semi-conscious state.

Minter and Grise’s sister Georgia Arvidson are believed to have been living with Grise at the time of the altercation but did not attempt to get him medical attention.

Help didn’t come until three days later.

On Monday Grise’s son found him lying on the floor of his home and immediately called police.

Police say Grise was transported to the hospital but died Friday as a result of his injuries.

Captain Michael Kellems of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says the case is now being investigated as a homicide.

“Along the way our detectives borough and our crime scene investigators began their investigation immediately on Monday, they took a suspect into custody at that time, that was 43-year-old Eric Minter . As detectives continued to work through that case, they learned that his mother, Georgia Arvidson was also involved in the case,” said Kellems.

Arvidson and Minter were charged with neglect of a dependent. Minter has also been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily harm.

Additional criminal charges are expected to come from the prosecutor now that the case has been declared a homicide.

Neighbors of Harold Grise say the manner of his death came as a shock.

“I didn’t know that he had any enemies’. He wouldn’t say anything bad about anybody. He was just a good ol’ boy,” said James Tinnel, Grise’s neighbor.

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