man hits father in the head... with a hammer

This week, San Mateo County prosecutors dropped an attempted-murder charge against Jayantibhai Patel, accused of hitting his father in the head with a hammer because he mistakenly though that 81-year-old had to be hospitalized before he could be admitted to a nursing home: Foster City man spared attempted-murder charges in father's injury.

Sounds like someone was seriously misinformed. According to prosecutors, Patel lived with his father but apparently wanted to return to India. The 81-year-old father is partially paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, and Patel thought the only way to get him admitted to a nursing home was if he was injured or ill. So he took a hammer to the old man's head?! Ridiculous. Patel now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. Not smart.

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