MANATEE — A 74-year-old Bradenton woman has filed a compliant against the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, claiming deputies were rough with her while she was in jail.
Neri Soto claims she was called names and had her hair pulled by deputies who tried to put her in a wheelchair while in the jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Oct. 21.
Soto’s daughter Cynthia Mejias claims her mother was kicked and dragged by her legs and was left with bruises on her arms, legs, chest and elsewhere on her body. She said her mother was not given medication while in jail other than a pain killer.
The family filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office on Wednesday.
According to spokesman Dave Bristow, the internal affairs division is investigating the complaint.
Soto was arrested after she got into a fight with Linora Maynard, 25, in the 5500 block of 13th Street East, Bradenton, according to an arrest report.
Maynard claims Soto was upset at her for not paying her rent, which sparked an argument between the two, the report said. Maynard then stated the situation escalated and Soto produced a knife, which she aimed at Maynard’s stomach and made a thrusting motion.
Maynard was able to get away and later called 911, the report said.
Maynard was arrested and charged with simple battery after she alledgedly grabbed Soto by the shirt and pushed her forcefully, causing her shirt to rip open in the process, her arrest report said.
Maynard was released from the Manatee County jail after she posted a $750 bond.
Soto was released Sunday after she posted a $10,000 bond.