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A 54-year-old Billings man accused of forcing his way into his elderly mother's apartment and hitting her with a telephone was charged Wednesday in Justice Court.

Alan Lloyd McFarland appeared by video from the county jail on a felony burglary charge. Judge Larry Herman set bond at $15,000 after prosecutors said McFarland has a criminal record that includes several felony convictions. Herman ordered McFarland to appear Friday for arraignment in District Court.

According to court records, police were called shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday to a Phyllis Lane apartment building. The officers met a 79-year-old woman, who said her son had attacked her. The woman said her son first called, and then knocked her door. When she answered the door, she said, her son "accused her of taking pills and said that he was going to murder her," court records state.

The woman said her son pushed her and hit her with a cordless phone before she scratched his face and fled her apartment. The woman knocked on a neighbor's bedroom window and asked for help, then hid in a bush armed with a stick until officers arrived.

McFarland, who lives in the same apartment building, was arrested after officers used a key provided by his mother to enter the apartment.

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