92-year-old Woman Beaten by Granddaughter Dies In Hospital

The 37-year-old granddaughter told police she thought her grandmother was a demon.

A 92-year-old woman, who was allegedly stomped by her granddaughter Rachel Armstrong in November, died from her injuries on Monday at an area hospital, according to a report from KSDK.

Armstrong, of the 10000 block of Golf Crest in South County's Sappington area, is accused of throwing down her elderly grandmother and stomping on her, breaking both her arms and eight ribs on Nov. 12.

Armstrong confessed to the attack and told police she believed her grandmother was a demon, according to a report from KMOV.

Prosecutors had originally charged her with first-degree elder abuse.

Media Relations Officer Randy Vaughn of the St. Louis County Police told Patch prosecutors are considering changing the charges against Armstrong now that the victim had died.

Denise Bertacchi December 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Kathy--I talked to police yesterday and they told me there would be an update on the charges, but they couldn't specify what the charges would be changed too. So, it's not that they don't know IF they should change the charge, but WHAT degree they're going to charge her. The police emailed me this morning and we're just waiting for the paper work.
LCW December 05, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I'm with you Kathy. Why consider, she confessed back in Nov.
Stephen D December 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I suppose it's difficult to charge her with first degree or whatever passes for first degree murder, which requires premeditation. Apparently she went off on some sort of delusional rage about her grandmother being a demon or infested with demons. This is another completely dysfunctional humanoid who was cared for by the person she murdered and needs to be put away somewhere, for good.
Kathy Swanson December 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Things happened the week before that I think would show this was premeditated. I wish we could have helped Mrs Armstrong. I am sick knowing that poor woman was being abused right next door and we didn't realize it to be able to help her.
Stephen D December 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm sure you're feeling bad, Kathy, but sometimes we can't prevent these awful things from happening except in hindsight. I wish the Patch would provide us with more of the backstory since there seems to be one. I'm assuming Mrs. Armstrong let her granddaughter live with her because she had nowhere to go and the girl probably had issues. Where were her direct parents? Why wasn't she in supervised care if she was mentally ill? Or is the "demon" story just a cover?


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