Woman Accused of Beating, Trying to Pull Out Eye of Cancer-Stricken Mother

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A woman was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly beat her cancer-stricken mother and attempted to poke her eye out, records show.

On June 27, Joni Lynn Potasky, 55, was on the phone with her 83-year-old mother's doctor, talking to him about the cancer treatment her mother was undergoing.

During the phone conversation, the doctor said, a violent-sounding argument broke out between Potasky and her mother. Concerned, the doctor called 911.

When the police arrived at the home in the 8300 block of North 6th Street in Phoenix, they found Potasky's mother stark naked, with a black eye and bloody lacerations on her arm. The woman told police that her daughter had tried to poke her eye out with her fingers.

Potasky was arrested the next day and charged with abusing a vulnerable adult. Police said she was intoxicated at the time of the of her arrest and showed signs of drug abuse.

Potasky had previously been reported to Adult Protective Services for abuse.

Preliminary hearings for the case will take place Monday, July 9, 2012.

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