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Man accused of elder abuse

Charges include felony intimidation

Cody L. Baker, 37, New London, is charged with felony intimidation of a victim, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct involving elderly victims, and causing mental harm to a child.

On April 12, New London Police Officer Mike Harlow and Sgt, Nick Kamba responded to a report of possible elder abuse.

The caller said she was concerned with how Baker was treating his grandparents, who are in their early 80s.

According to the criminal complaint, she said they were afraid to call police when he was around, but he was currently with his probation officer.

The couple told the officers that the grandmother had been on the phone the prior week with the woman who had called police. When Baker overheard the grandmother explain how he had lost his job, he became angry.

The grandmother said he began yelling at her for talking about him. He allegedly broke a toy table, broke the phone and threatened to kill her.

The grandfather said he heard Baker banging around in the kitchen, then saw Baker cutting himself with a large knife.

The couple told police that Baker damaged their doors and walls on several occasions.

They said they did not feel safe and wanted Baker to leave.

When Baker arrived and saw the officers, he became angry, according to the complaint.

Baker told police that he cut himself with the knife because that is how he deals with things.

On March 29, Judge Vicki Clussman placed Baker on two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment with a weapon and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse.

Baker is currently in Waupaca County jail on a probation hold.

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