Woman Fractured Mother's Skull With Crucifix

Texan faces assault with deadly weapon rap

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Crucifix Assault

OCTOBER 28--A Texas woman yesterday repeatedly struck her mother over the head with a crucifix during a domestic altercation that left the victim with a fractured skull, police report.

According to cops, Christian Lydia Martinez, 25, had been out drinking when she returned Sunday afternoon to her family’s San Antonio residence and began quarrelling with her 46-year-old mother.

During the argument, investigators allege, Martinez removed a 10-inch wooden crucifix from a wall and began battering her mother with the religious item. Martinez allegedly hit the victim over the head with the "bulky" crucifix several times, leaving the woman with a fractured skull.

Martinez’s mother was later transported to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Seen above, Martinez was arrested on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. She is being held in the Bexar County lockup in lieu of $30,000 bond, according to jail records. (1 page)