Woman accused of beating another woman in wheelchair

Police were called to Hal Powell Apartments on Thursday after a woman beat another woman in a wheelchair with a cane in the elevator, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

According to the report, Sylvia Barnes, 57, entered the elevator of the building at 2244 Broad St. in her wheelchair and asked Lizzie Smith, 65, who was standing near the buttons, to press her floor.

Name calling by Barnes ensued after Smith commented that she wasn’t a “slave.”

Police said Smith then beat Barnes with her wooden walking stick.

Barnes was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by ambulance after deputies observed cuts to her face.

Charges have not been filed, but the victim told deputies she wished to prosecute.

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