Authorities arrested a Hesperia man after he savagely beat his elderly mother with a flashlight then threatened to break her hands so she could no longer play the piano, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.


Jerry Wayne Baker, 50, was arrested for elder abuse and making terrorist threats Wednesday morning.


Deputies were called out to St. Mary Hospital for suspected elder abuse late Tuesday night, according to Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.


There they found a 73-year-old woman who claimed she had been attacked by her son, Baker, at their home in the 19200 Hinton Street.


According to reports, the two began arguing when Baker grabbed a flashlight and began striking the victim in the arm. He then allegedly started to choke the woman, officials said.


During the attack, Baker grabbed the woman's hands and threatened to break them so she would no longer be able to play the piano, a pastime she enjoyed, sheriff's officials said.


After the beating, the victim called a friend who picked her up and drover her to the emergency room, Walker stated.


Deputies went to the home on Hinton Street and found evidence of the beating, according to investigators. Baker was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.