February 29, 2016 2:00 p.m.
Charges have been increased against a 28 year old man, accused of beating his mother last week.
Dwes Hutson of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department says that Joshua Fugate is now charged with first degree assault in connection with an assault on 46 year old Lari Fugate last Wednesday. That afternoon deputies responded to a residence on Pleasant Street and found the woman severely beaten, suffering both head and facial injuries. Joshua Fugate was identified as the suspect and was taken to jail, initially for a probation violation charge.
The victim went to Mercy Medical Center before being transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. Lari Fugate was originally listed in critical condition but now is listed in serious condition.