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Girlfriend of former Texas Lt. Gov David Dewhurst, charged with elder abuse after she hospitalized the 74-year-old GOP politician with ‘broken ribs and bites’ during two vicious rows at their home

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Former Texas Lt. Gov David Dewhurst was hospitalized Tuesday with severe injuries after he called the 74-year-old police to report physical abused suffered at the hands of his former girlfriend
Durst reported that his girlfriend ‘kicked him, broke his ribs, scratched and bit him’ during two vicious rows at their home
Leslie Ann Caron who is 34 years younger than Dewhurst was charged Wednesday with injury to an elderly person, a third-degree felony in Texas
Caron allegedly kicked Dewhurst on May 13 during an argument over him not calling a business partner; she allegedly scratched and bit him days later
Caron alleged that Dewhurst had physically hurt her in the past too, but cops said those claims could not be substantiated
Charges might have been a misdemeanor if Dewhurst had been under the age of 65, but that the charges were elevated to a felony because of victim’s age 
Dewhurst served 12 years as lieutenant before losing his bid for a fourth term in 2014
He also ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost in a primary runoff to Ted Cruz, who went on to retain the GOP seat
Caron was booked on $10,000 bondwith further hearing scheduled for Thursday
The girlfriend of former Texas Lt. Gov David Dewhurst stands accused of breaking his ribs by kicking him during one of two vicious rows, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Leslie Ann Caron at 40 is 34 years younger than the politician.
She was was charged Wednesday with injury to an elderly person, a third-degree felony in Texas. She is also accused of hitting Dewhurst, 74, with a pot, scratching and biting him during a second argument days later at home in Houston, Texas.
Dewhurst called Houston police Tuesday when X-rays confirmed his injuries, said Mary McFaden, the division chief of family criminal law at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges might have been a misdemeanor if Dewhurst had been under the age of 65, but that the charges were elevated to a felony because of the age of the alleged victim, McFaden said.
Caron was booked on $10,000 bond.

Prosecutors in Houston said Wednesday that the girlfriend of former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was arrested on charges of injuring the longtime Republican officeholder in an alleged attack that broke two of his ribs.
Political fundraiser Caron allegedly kicked Dewhurst on May 13 during an argument over him not calling a business partner. She allegedly scratched and bit him during another argument a few days later, according to prosecutors.
Caron made accusations that Dewhurst had physically hurt her in the past but police could not substantiate those claims, said Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
It was not immediately clear whether Caron had an attorney. She is said to have denied the charges.
In a statement Dewhurst said: ‘I’m not interested in filing any charges against Leslie. She’s a remarkable woman with many fine attributes. I wish her all the best in life.’
The couple are thought to have dated for around a year. Prosecutors have the final say on charges.

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