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Adopted son of beating victim jailed on unrelated charge

December 17, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man police believe might have insight into the beating of a 70-year-old woman on Dec. 10 is now in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail on a warrant from an unrelated case.

Officers picked up Marcus Wallace, 38, last Friday in the Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ed Asbury said. He was wanted by the Chambersburg borough police on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

On Thursday afternoon, Asbury said police had not interviewed Wallace, but hoped to do so soon.

"We are still continuing the investigation," Asbury said.

Consuella Wallace of 1459 Pleasantview Drive in Hamilton Township, Pa., suffered a depressed skull fracture during an incident in which someone "made forcible entry" to her home through a window early Dec. 10, police said.

Asbury said he was last told the victim remained in critical condition at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Wallace suffered blows to her head and face. Asbury said he did not know whether those injuries were caused by a fist or an object.

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Marcus Wallace is the woman's adopted son, police said previously. They have said only that officers want to speak with him. 

Asbury said police have not received reports of similar break-ins, so they believe what happened was an isolated incident.

Nothing appeared to be ransacked or missing from the two-story home, police said previously.

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