Man brutally beat his stepmother, Rockledge police say

Thomas Youngman arrested on attempted 1st-degree murder charge

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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A 36-year-old Rockledge man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of brutally beating his stepmother and stuffing her into a car trunk.

Thomas Alan Youngman was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, kidnapping, resisting a law enforcement official without violence.

According to Rockledge police, officers were called around 6 p.m. about the attack and found a 57-year-old woman badly beaten and bloodied. 

The woman told police that Youngman beat her head and face, slammed her head on the garage floor, stuffed her in the trunk of his vehicle and said he was going to kill her.

According to police, the woman also said Youngman began to drive off while she was in the trunk but stopped to confiscate her cellphone.

Youngman then dragged his stepmother out of the trunk by her hair and continued beating her, police said.

The woman eventually escaped and ran to a neighbor's house, police said. 

The victim was taken to a hospital, but her condition was not released.

Youngman returned home later and was taken to the Brevard County Jail.

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