Karen returned home from school just as her mother was being loaded into the ambulance. The attendants said she could meet them at the hospital. but, before she could leave the police had some questions. it only took one to explain eveything.
"Miss, the last words your mother spoke were, "It was in the tea leaves." Can you...."
That was all he could say because with those words Karen said the son of a bitch finally did it. He said he would kill her and he finally did! At that point she collapsed. The paramedics brought her around and told her that her mother would be ok, just needed a few days rest and they wanted her to stay in the hospital for observation. She explained that 'It was in the tea leaves' was their private code for trouble and almost always was her father taking out his rage against whatever, on his wife.
Mike, Karens father was arrested and this time was actually charged with assault. The laws of the day did not recognize spousal abuse. Karen had seen her mom used as a punching bag at least once a week but never was it as bad as this. The police knew their house well as they spent many visits but could never do anything. Once it escalated to the point of hospitalization, they had enough for a charge of assault. One of the policemen offered to take her to see her mother.