Mentally ill daughter attacks mother
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent November 7, 2011 3:36PM
Updated: December 9, 2011 8:16AM
PORTER COUNTY -— A 63-year-old psychiatrist told police her 33-year-old daughter, who has schizophrenia, showed up uninvited at her home and attacked her. The suspect, at the time, allegedly said God told her to attack because her mother was Satan.
When police arrived just after noon Saturday, Sonali Aggarwal, of Chicago, still was at her mother’s home, in the 500 North block of the Lake/Porter County Line Road.
She said she had no idea how her mother was injured, denied ever being diagnosed with a mental disorder and denied hearing the voice of God.
However, according to the arresting officer’s report, Aggarwal was staring at her mother as if trying to intimidate her.
The mother said Aggarwal is staying in Hobart and is not allowed to visit her at her home; however, after repeatedly calling and sending threatening text messages, Aggarwal showed up on foot unexpectedly at about 11:45 a.m.
She allegedly attacked as her mother tried to escort her out of the house.
In an attack that lasted about three minutes, the victim estimated, Aggarwal allegedly pushed her to the ground, repeatedly kicked her in the stomach and punched her all over her body.
As she battered her, the victim told police, Aggarwal made statements about God telling her to do it.
The mother said that in the past, Aggarwal has believed that she is God and invincible.
The victim, who practices psychiatry in Michigan City, declined medical treatment for herself but told police she wanted to commit her daughter for treatment.
She said the younger woman was diagnosed with schizophrenia in India and she was afraid that she would attack again and possibly try to kill her.
Police arrested Aggarwal on two counts of battery and issued a no-contact order.