SPARTA, Mich. (WOOD) — A 23-year-old Sparta man charged with murder in the beating death of his grandmother said it all started with an argument over a medical alarm, according to court documents.
Matthew Malleaux was charged Tuesday with open murder in the death of 85-year-old Anne Parker. He was previously charged with felonious assault and resisting and obstructing in connection to the Aug. 7 incident.
Sparta police said Malleaux and Parker lived together at a home in the 100 block of Clark Street NW near South Union Street.
According to the probable cause document filed in court, Malleaux said he had been drinking heavily and had taken ecstasy two days before the incident.
He told authorities he became upset about a CareLink medical alarm that was sounding and confronted his grandmother in her bedroom, according to the court documents. Malleaux told authorities the argument turned physical and he grabbed Parker by her shoulders, violently shook her and headbutted her face, the court filing stated.
Malleaux said the fight continued into the living room, where Parker may have tripped and fallen on the stairs, according to the probable cause document.
Sparta police say Parker’s medical alert device sent them to the home during the early morning hours of Aug. 7. Court documents state that when officers arrived, Malleaux swore at them, told them to leave and threw a large cement object at an emergency medical technician, hitting him in the head. Malleaux then returned back to the home and barricaded himself inside, according to Michigan State Police.
Officers spotted Parker lying on the floor inside the home “with obvious injuries,” according to MSP. That’s when first-responders forced their way into the home.
Several officers had to use a Taser on Malleaux in order to get him to comply with commands, according to the probable cause report.
“To get him under control was a lot more than Tasering. That is what ended us fighting with him. He fought very violently with all the police officers there and it literally took seven police officers to get him under control. He was in quite a fit of rage,” MSP 1st Lt. Chris McIntire said.
Malleaux was arrested for assaulting first-responders and held on a high bond, according to Sparta police.
Parker was taken to a nearby hospital where she died a day later, MSP said. Her daughter said Parker had a collapsed lung, dislocated left shoulder, fractured left cheekbone, fractured C7 vertabra, bruised kidney and spleen, a wound on the back of her head and a cut on her ear, according to the court filing.
The medical examiner determined Parker died from multiple blunt force trauma and the case was a homicide.
“It’s one of the most troubling homicides I’ve seen. When it’s family on family, it’s always troubling,” said McIntire.
Malleaux’s criminal record dates back to March 2014, when he pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated and a drunken disorderly charge. In June 2015, he pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated or impaired. About four months later, Malleaux pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, state records show.
Parker leaves behind a sister, three children and ten grandchildren, according to her online obituary posted by the Pederson Funeral Home.
Despite the crime, police say Sparta residents shouldn’t be afraid.
“I can tell you from being a resident of Sparta for some 23 years this was and really is still one of the safest places you can be. I chose to live here and raise my family so I can tell you that the residents of Sparta should have no fear that there is all kinds of horrible, violent crime afoot,” reassured McIntire.
“It is a safe community. We’ve got our troubles like everywhere else, but it’s you know this doesn’t happen every day,” added Sparta Police Chief Andrew Milanowski.